• The bio-diesel industry wants to remind President Obama that he co-sponsored the bill that created the Renewable Fuel Standard that allowed the industry to grow as a Senator. National Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe says the policy vision of Senator Obama is now President Obama’s law to implement.
  • The European Union is partially suspending free trade negotiations with the U.S. to hold a three-month public consultation. EU Trade Chief Karel De Gucht says some in Europe have a genuine concern with the deal’s proposed rules for investment. The consultation period will start in March.
  • A new report shows a boom in growing certain specialty crops as well as a growth in agricultural land, stable erosion rates and notable land use changes. These are some of the findings of the 2010 National Resources Inventory Report from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The report provides a summary on the status, condition and trends of land, soil, water and related resources on the nation’s private lands.