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Most U.K. Crops Meet Environmental Biofuel Standards, AHDB Says

Dec. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Most rapeseed, sugar beet and wheat crops in the U.K. meet environmental standards for use in biofuels, the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board said.

Ninety-seven percent of the country’s rapeseed, all of its sugar beets and 84 percent of its wheat may be able to “freely enter the biofuel supply chain” after meeting European Union criteria on greenhouse gas emissions, the AHDB’s Home-Grown Cereals Authority said today on its website. The findings, from AHDB and an industry group consortium, were based on data that included crop yields, fuel and fertilizer use, soil organic matter and oil content in rapeseed.

New crop-specific targets going into effect April 1 may restrict market access for some parts of the U.K., meaning “crops from these regions could effectively be traded at a discount,” AHDB said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Whitney McFerron in London at wmcferron1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Deane at jdeane3@bloomberg.net

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