Federal Water Tap, January 13: Record U.S. Corn Production in 2013

U.S. corn production in 2013 set a record of 13.9 billion bushels, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. Collectively, farmers topped the old record, set in 2009, by 7 percent. Also faring well was the soybean crop, the third largest ever. Drought and new demand for gluten-free grain pushed sorghum acreage higher. Production of the water-sipping crop increased 58 percent compared to 2012.

Meanwhile, global wheat production is expected to exceed the previous record by two percent, according to the USDA’s Economic Research Service.

Climate Plan
On Thursday the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a hearing to discuss President Obama’s climate plan.

Announced last June, the plan includes regulatory actions such as limiting carbon emissions from existing power plants, more money for renewable energy research and carbon capture projects (see below), and federal drought monitoring. The president also established two climate change advisory committees, one of federal officials and one of state and local leaders.

Carbon Capture
The Department of Energy will provide 60 percent of the funding for a $US 435-million carbon capture demonstration project in Louisiana. The Lake Charles CCS project will collect carbon dioxide from a proposed petcoke gasification plant and send it through a 19-kilometer (12-mile) pipeline into Texas where it will be used in oil field operations. Petcoke is a byproduct of oil refining that can be converted into gas for power plants. The project is one of three major carbon capture demonstrations funded by the Energy Department.

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