Clearing the Air on the Ethanol Mandates
The G̶o̶o̶d̶, the Bad, and the Ugly: “The Ethanol Effect”

Environmentalists, farmers, conservatives and liberals may not always find common ground, but these unlikely allies do agree on one thing: the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is broken — broken in many ways, for many people. The extent of the problem wasn’t apparent a decade ago, but now we can clearly see the unintended consequences of the RFS.

The Final Stand for Bees

Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted endangered status to seven species of bees, marking the first time the insect has been protected by federal law under the Endangered Species Act. It may not be the last.

The Bad Buzz around Biofuels

A new study from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) shows that the “continual increase in biofuel crops” — plantings of corn and soy — has led to America’s Northern Great Plains “rapidly changing to a landscape that is less conducive to commercial beekeeping.”

Celebrate National Parks…Not Biofuels

On August 25, 2016, the National Parks Service (NPS) is celebrating its 100th birthday – an incredible milestone marking a century of stewardship in our parks. But as NPS prepares to blow out the candles, we can’t help but imagine what we’d wish for if we were in their boots…

EPA Ignores Inconvenient Facts; Fails to Look Out for the Environment
Highway to the Dead Zone

Those who tout the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as a “green” policy are onto something. The RFS is definitely green — unfortunately, it’s the kind of green that creates algal blooms that harm ecosystems and marine life.

Putting 16 Million Acres into Perspective

16 million more acres is so large, it is almost unfathomable. But don’t worry – we’re here to put it into perspective for you.

The Strange Effects of Too Much Corn…

Recent reports from CNN and the Washington Post show that corn crops may be increasing humidity in the Midwest due to the phenomenon of “corn sweat.”

16 million acres and counting…

Our latest data visualization shows the increase in corn and soybean plantings in the United States from 2005-2015, using 2005 as a baseline.

The Radical Transformation of the U.S. Agricultural Landscape

Our recent analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture points to our worst fears: the ethanol mandate is a driving force in the radical transformation of the U.S. agricultural landscape in the years since the RFS was instituted.

Recapping National Ag Week

See the National Ag Week GIFs we grew on the SFF farm!