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NEWS UPDATE August 9, 2019

Top Story

U.S. Midwest farm incomes fall in second quarter in wake of record floods

By P.J. Huffstutter, Reuters  •    •  Posted August 9, 2019

U.S. farm incomes in the Midwest declined yet again in the second quarter of 2019, as record floods devastated a wide swath of the Farm Belt, according to a banker survey released on Thursday by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Nearly two-thirds of the bankers surveyed said a majority of their farm customers were either significantly or modestly impacted by the flooding and other adverse weather earlier this year. [ read more … ]

E15

Minnesota E15 Sales Grow Following EPA’s Lifting of Restrictions

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted August 9, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Commerce released data showing E15 sales nearly doubled in June 2019 compared to June 2018. The EPA finalized the E15 rule and without the restriction on the fuel, sales data from Minnesota shows for the first time ever E15 sales did not drop off starting on June 1. “At the same time, the Minnesota data show that the wave of Renewable Fuel Standard compliance exemptions granted to oil refiners is suppressing more rapid expansion of E15 and other higher-level ethanol blends,” the RFA said in a news release on Thursday. [ read more … ]

E15 Sales Up Following Removal of Summertime Barrier, But RFS Refiner Exemptions Suppress Expansion | Renewable Fuels Association

By RFA  •    •  Posted August 9, 2019

Data released Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Commerce prove that the marketplace is already responding to President Trump’s elimination of a decades-old regulatory barrier severely limiting the sale of E15 in the summertime. In June 2019—the first month following elimination of the summertime E15 restriction—sales of the blend virtually doubled when compared to June 2018. At the same time, the Minnesota data show that the wave of Renewable Fuel Standard compliance exemptions granted to oil refiners is suppressing more rapid expansion of E15 and other higher-level ethanol blends. [ read more … ]

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Hickenlooper Visits Dyersville Ethanol Plant with Former Lt. Gov. Judge

By KMCH  •    •  Posted August 9, 2019

Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper toured Big River Resources ethanol plant. Former Lt. Governor Patty Judge joined him on his visit. Judge serves as the Chair for Focus on Rural America. She has been calling on presidential candidates to campaign in rural America in a meaningful way and partner with rural residents to revitalize rural communities. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Farm Discontent Spills Over as Ag Secretary Is Confronted in Minnesota

By Mike Dorning, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted August 9, 2019

Farmers’ discontent over President Donald Trump’s escalating trade war with China erupted into the open Wednesday as his agriculture secretary was confronted at a fair in rural Minnesota. Gary Wertish, president of the Minnesota Farmers Union, drew applause as he leveled criticism of the administration’s trade policy at a forum with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in front of thousands of farmers gathered in a metal barn for a panel discussion. [ read more … ]

Gevo’s renewable isobutanol pilot lowers greenhouse gas emissions in Seattle

By Biofuels International  •    •  Posted August 9, 2019

Low carbon fuel company Gevo has successfully completed the first phase of a trial pilot of fleet vehicles using its low carbon, renewable drop-in isobutanol blended gasoline. The trial, which took place in the City of Seattle in in the US, saw a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its fleet of vehicles equal to 18 metric tons. The use of the low carbon fuel had no adverse effects on the vehicles. [ read more … ]

D.C. Circuit gears up for busy environmental docket

By Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted August 9, 2019

The D.C. Circuit will kick off its fall argument calendar with a highly anticipated legal fight over the Trump administration’s decision to rethink Obama-era clean car standards. At issue in California v. EPAis whether then-Administrator Scott Pruitt broke the law last year when he decided greenhouse gas standards for model year 2022-25 vehicles should be reconsidered. States and environmental groups say the agency failed to fully explain its decision and violated its own procedural rules along the way. The court will take up the Renewable fuel standard on Oct. 25. It wouldn’t be a D.C. Circuit term without a battle over the federal renewable fuel standard. In Advanced Biofuels Association v. EPA, renewable fuel makers are taking aim at how EPA evaluates petitions from small refineries seeking a break from the RFS, which requires refiners to blend ethanol into fuel or buy renewable fuel credits. [ read more … ]

USDA: US ethanol exports reach 128.42 million gallons in June

By Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted August 9, 2019

The U.S. exported 128.42 million gallons of ethanol and 962,592 tons of distillers grain in June, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on Aug. 2. Exports of ethanol and distillers grains were both down when compared to June 2018. According to USDA data, the U.S. exported 128.42 million gallons of ethanol in June, down from 150.48 million gallons reported for the same month of 2018, but up from the 99.61 million gallons exported in May. [ read more … ]

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