Ag News: Late Winter Calving and Brazil Lifts Tariffs on U.S. Ethanol
**California dairies are cleaning the air and finding a new source of revenue, manure.
Scores of dairies are installing manure processing systems, which break down solids to produce energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The refined methane is being purchased by the Southern California Gas Co.
California is seeking to cut emissions from dairy manure by 40% by 2030.
**A USDA Ag Research Service study finds on Western U.S. rangelands, calving in late winter instead of spring maximizes calf growth.
The study finds there is high value in utilizing rangelands in late winter to lower the cost and efficiency of beef production.
But, with climate conditions shifting, the costs and benefits of calving at different times are changing.
The research shows late winter calves averaged about 13% heavier at 180 days than those born early May.
**Brazil temporarily lifted its 18% tariff on all U.S. ethanol, as of March 23rd, and running through the end of the year to decrease inflationary pressures.
Ryan LeGrand, of the U.S. Grains Council; Growth Energy’s Emily Skor; and Geoff Cooper, of the Renewable Fuels Association, released a statement saying, they’re pleased with the temporary elimination of the tariff, which should improve access for Brazil’s ethanol consumers and meet its decarbonization goals.
Brazil gets about 60% of its ethanol from the U.S.