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NEWS UPDATE August 28, 2019

Top Story

Interagency Review Documents Show Reviewers Made Suggestions to Fix Waivers Issue

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted August 28, 2019

OMB reviewers offered a possible solution for accounting for waived gallons in order to make sure the overall total RFS volumes were met. That included providing a projection of about 12.5 billion exempted gasoline and diesel gallons in the RFS formula — or close to the actual average exempted volume of 12.8 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel during the 2016-2018 period. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

U.S. corn, soy sales at 14-year low with new marketing year days away: Braun – Reuters

By Reuters  •    •  Posted August 28, 2019

Exports account for only 15% of U.S. corn use versus nearly one-half for soybeans, but other corn demand is not sparkling. Corn use for ethanol has not risen in the last year, margins have been poor for several months, and ethanol stocks are at record high levels for the time of year. The ethanol industry has also argued that the trade war and the Trump administration’s small refinery exemptions from the nation’s biofuel laws has and will continue to hurt business.
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Trump’s Ethanol Promises Come Due

Bh Lauren Silva Laughlin, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted August 28, 2019

Over the past year, policies that require gasoline to include the corn-based biofuel have bumped up against relief provided by the Trump administration to oil refiners in the complicated system that keeps the corn-based fuel flowing. The fight between the industries has come to a head over the past week. [ read more … ]

The Amazon rainforest is on fire. Climate scientists fear a tipping point is near

By JULIA ROSEN, Los Angles Times  •    •  Posted August 28, 2019

Flames are spreading across the Amazon rainforest this summer, spewing millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each day. But scientists say that’s not their biggest concern. They’re far more worried about what the fires represent: a dramatic increase in illegal deforestation that could deprive the world of a critical buffer against climate change. [ read more … ]

Internal White House Documents: EPA Ignored Trump Administration Recommendations to Redistribute Small Refinery Waived Volumes

By Ken Colombini, RFA  •    •  Posted August 28, 2019

Documents obtained by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) show that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ignored strong recommendations from within the Trump Administration to redistribute Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) blending obligations lost to small refinery exemptions in the proposed rule for 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs).
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Primary 2020

As Trump policies deepen farmers’ pain, Democrats see an opening in rural America – Reuters

By Tim Reid and Joseph Ax, Reuters  •    •  Posted August 28, 2019

Seizing on mounting Farm Belt frustration with President Donald Trump’s economic agenda, Democratic rivals are stepping up their push to take back part of rural America, whose overwhelming support for Trump helped propel his upset 2016 election victory. [ read more … ]

 

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