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NEWS UPDATE August 29, 2019

Top Stories


Trump to announce way forward on how to mitigate biofuel waiver impact – Ag Secretary – Reuters

By Humeyra Pamuk, Reuters  •    •  Posted August 29, 2019

President Donald Trump will deliver news on how to move forward in mitigating the impact of biofuel waivers issued to oil refiners, which farmers say are destroying demand for ethanol, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said on Wednesday. Perdue did not provide a time frame. [ read more … ]

Trump Seeks Biofuels Plan

By Chris Clayton, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted August 29, 2019

President Donald Trump will soon announce a plan to mitigate the effects of EPA’s small-refinery exemptions, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told farmers Wednesday at the Farm Progress Show.
Perdue said Trump is expected to plan a Midwest trip soon — though no date is set — and will announce how the administration will offset the 31 refinery exemptions granted by EPA earlier this month. “We’re working really hard to mitigate that as much as possible,” Perdue said at a listening session with four GOP Illinois congressmen and more than 200 Illinois farm leaders. [ read more … ]

American Farm Groups Press Trump for Earlier Ethanol Boost

By Mario Parker and Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted August 29, 2019

Biofuel has become central to a debate that’s pitting two of Trump’s vaunted constituencies — rural farmers and oil refiners — against one another. Agricultural interests say that the administration has granted refinery waivers too freely and that has hurt demand for the fuels and the feedstocks used in their production. The EPA and independent oil refiners argue that there’s no tangible impact on demand. In recent weeks, the White House has held meetings to find ways to quell farmer criticism after the EPA’s Aug. 9 announcement that it granted 31 small refinery exemptions. [ read more … ]

Trump Scrambles To Win Back Angry Farmers

By y Nick Cunningham,  •    •  Posted August 29, 2019

The Trump administration is scrambling to repair its relationship in farm country, which has long been a faithful political constituency of the President. But after being hit on multiple fronts by Trump administration policies, farmers are getting restless. Most recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted 31 waivers to small oil refineries that allowed them to get out of their obligations to purchase ethanol to blend into their fuel mixes. The decision was the latest body blow for farmers already suffering from deteriorating market conditions. [ read more … ]

Kim Reynolds calls Trump ‘an advocate for farmers’ as she urges reversal of ethanol waivers

By Stephen Gruber-Miller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted August 29, 2019

Gov. Kim Reynolds called President Donald Trump “an advocate for farmers” on Tuesday, but said he may not have understood the damage caused by the ethanol waivers his administration granted. Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted waivers to 31 oil refineries, letting them off the hook from a requirement to blend 1.4 billion gallons of ethanol and biodiesel into their fuel. [ read more … ]


China hopes U.S. will create conditions necessary for September trade talks – Reuters

By Stella Qiu and Se Young Lee, Reuters  •    •  Posted August 29, 2019

China and the United States are discussing the next round of face-to-face trade talks scheduled in September, but hopes for progress hinge on whether Washington can create favorable conditions, China’s commerce ministry said on Thursday. In the latest tit-for-tat escalation of the trade war between the world’s two largest economies, U.S. President Donald Trump last Friday heaped an additional duty of 5% on about $550 billion in targeted Chinese goods. The move came hours after China had unveiled retaliatory tariffs on $75-billion worth of U.S. goods. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Minnesota Ethanol Plant Stopping Production During Market Uncertainty

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted August 29, 2019

While U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue indicated on Wednesday during the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois, that President Donald Trump is expected to make an announcement regarding federal biofuels policy, yet another ethanol company has announced plans to shut down production. KEYC television in Mankato, Minnesota, reported on Wednesday,…, that the 51-million-gallon plant is struggling in the current commodity market. Overall, more than 15 ethanol plants have shut down in recent months, while many others have cut production. The waivers have had a negative effect on biodiesel plants as well, a number of which have stopped production.
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Amy Klobuchar: Trump treating farmers like ‘bargaining chips’

By Rod Boshart, The Iowa Gazette  •    •  Posted August 29, 2019

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said rural Americans were “gut punched” by the Trump administration’s decision to favor oil over ethanol by granting 31 refinery waivers, and Democrats need to remind voters of the GOP president’s broken promises heading into the 2020 election. “This is not only an Iowa issue,” said Klobuchar, who is one of nearly two dozen candidates seeking the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination. “It’s broken promises, and that’s the claim we have to make.” [ read more … ]

Costs inhibit government purchases of electric vehicles: GAO

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted August 29, 2019

Federal agencies have been reluctant to buy electric vehicles because of high prices and a lack of charging infrastructure, the government’s internal watchdog said in a report released yesterday. The Government Accountability Office report examined agency compliance with green-fleet requirements.
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