Mon Nov 17, 2014 04:34 PM CST

STREATOR, Ill. (DTN) -- A new report released Friday, Nov. 14, finds that farmers around the world have responded to higher crop prices in the past 10 years by using existing land more efficiently, not by converting forest and grassland into cropland.

The study, performed by Iowa State University's Bruce Babcock and Zabid Iqgbal at the university's Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, calls into question the reliability and accuracy of economic models used by regulatory agencies such as the California Air Resources Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that penalize ethanol and other biofuels for purported indirect land use ...

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