High crop prices contributing to loss...

High crop prices contributing to loss in grassland

There are 2 comments on the Vallejo Times-Herald story from Feb 21, 2013, titled High crop prices contributing to loss in grassland. In it, Vallejo Times-Herald reports that:

America's prairies are shrinking. Spurred on by the rush for biofuels, farmers are digging up grasslands in the northern Plains to plant crops at the quickest pace since the 1930s.

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Don Scott

Columbia, MO

#1 Feb 22, 2013
The study referenced by this article does not quantify biofuel production at all or provide any substantive link between biofuels and land use change they measured. For a better study on biofuels see the University of Illinois paper at http://www.academicjournals.org/jaerd/PDF/Pdf... . Those researchers actually looked at biofuel production and found there is more than enough farmland available to meet our goals for energy independence.

Clinton, MO

#2 Feb 22, 2013
The strength of this study is the measurement of land use change. However, the link to biofuels and the judgment on the value of biofuels policy is not supported by the data in this research and does not merit the headlines. A more accurate interpretation of the recent land use change is that farmers are once again finding it economical to grow food on cropland that was previously abandoned due to low commodity prices. Farmers are not tilling up virgin grasslands, but are instead putting land back to work that is being expelled from the Conservation Reserve Program due to Farm Bill budget cuts. Find more facts at http://www.biodieselsustainability.com/2013/0...

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