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Landmark Growing Climate Solutions Act clears Senate

June 25, 2021

Bill breaks down barriers for farmers interested in participating in carbon markets and be rewarded for climate-smart practices. By: Jacqui Fatka  The Growing Climate Solutions Act passed by a vote of 92-8 on the full Senate floor on Thursday. The act has 55 cosponsors, which makes it the first major piece of bipartisan legislation that would […]

Cutting cattle methane emissions through feed studied

February 12, 2021

In a large-scale trial, Royal DSM saw emissions fall by as much as 80%. By: Willie Vogt When discussing greenhouse gases, a critical measure is methane. The gas has greater impact than carbon dioxide on climate science, and often livestock are considered the key culprit. A Dutch company may have found the answer for cattle […]

Agriculture Makes Gains in Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions

February 12, 2021

New analysis of EPA data highlights agricultural emissions reductions and the importance of developing new research and technologies to capture more carbon in cropland and pastureland. The American Farm Bureau Federation’s latest Market Intel also reviews trends in U.S. carbon sequestration as climate-smart farming practices increase. The report reveals that U.S. carbon sinks offset 12% of U.S. […]

Farm, Biofuels, Trade Leaders Label Brazil Decision Devastating For U.S. Ethanol

December 17, 2020

The U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and the National Corn Growers Association issued the following statement in response to the Brazilian government’s decision to let the current tariff rate quota (TRQ) expire, replacing it with a 20 percent tariff on all imports of U.S. ethanol: “Brazil’s decision to impose a 20 percent […]

Legal Issues Surrounding RFS Small-Refinery Exemptions Persist

December 11, 2020

On Tuesday, DTN’s Todd Neeley reported that, “A coalition of ethanol and agriculture interests asked a federal court on Monday to vacate EPA’s granting of 31 small-refinery exemptions in 2018, alleging the agency did not conduct the proper review of those requests. In all, the groups asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to restore about 1.43 billion […]

FAS Report: Corn Ethanol Production Booms in Brazil

October 20, 2020

A report earlier this month from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), Corn Ethanol Production Booms in Brazil, stated that, “Plentiful, and generally cheap, corn supplies in Brazil’s Center-West region have enticed investment in the corn ethanol sector over the last few years. There are currently 16 corn ethanol plants in the Center- West states of Mato Grosso, Goias, and Mato […]

Rep. Bustos Introduces Next Generation Fuels Act

September 28, 2020

The Renewable Fuels Association today hailed the introduction of the Next Generation Fuels Act of 2020 by Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), calling the legislation “the beginning of an exciting new era in transportation fuels policy.” By establishing a high-octane, low-carbon fuel requirement, the bill would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enable greater engine efficiency, and encourage […]

President Trump Instructs EPA to Deny Retroactive (“Gap-Year”) SRE (Small-Refinery Exemption) Waiver Requests

September 10, 2020

Reuters writers Stephanie Kelly, Jeff Mason and Jarrett Renshaw reported on Tuesday that, “U.S. President Donald Trump has instructed that dozens of oil refiner requests for retroactive waivers from U.S. biofuel laws be denied amid concerns the issue could cut into his support in the Farm Belt, three sources familiar with the decision said. “The move, in the form of a direction […]

“Fragile” Farm Economic Conditions Persist, as Ethanol Waiver Concerns Remain

August 25, 2020

Wall Street Journal writer Kirk Maltais reported on Saturday that, “Following a growing season last year filled with battering rainfall and bitter trade wars, U.S. farmers hoped 2020 would provide them an opportunity to make up some ground. Instead, the situation has grown worse for many as prices remain depressed. “Despite a wind storm tearing through Midwestern farms last week and drought conditions in isolated […]

Ethanol Production Profits During the COVID Pandemic

August 15, 2020

It is widely acknowledged that the U.S. ethanol industry has been negatively impacted by the COVID pandemic.  The plight of ethanol producers has prompted calls for financial relief from the Federal government (Neeley, 2020a).  The latest aid package for the economy passed by the U.S. Senate, the Heals Act, provides $20 billion in additional support […]