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NEWS UPDATE August 30, 2019

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Trump promises ethanol-related ‘giant package’ to please farmers

By David Alexander and Humeyra Pamuk, Reuters  •    •  Posted August 30, 2019

“The Farmers are going to be so happy when they see what we are doing for Ethanol, not even including the E-15, year around, which is already done,” Trump said on Twitter. “It will be a giant package, get ready! At the same time I was able to save the small refineries from certain closing. Great for all!” Trump did not offer details on what the “giant package” would contain. The E15 mentioned by Trump is a higher-ethanol blend of gasoline.
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Trump promises ‘giant package’ for ethanol industry

By Marc Heller, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted August 30, 2019

he AFPM and American Petroleum Institute jointly wrote to Trump yesterday, seeking to persuade him that ethanol industry claims about sagging biofuel demand due to past refinery exemptions aren’t accurate and that U.S. Energy Information Administration statistics indicate biofuel consumption and production are at all-time highs. In addition, Thompson told reporters, fuel that comes from small refineries — even those granted exemptions — is ultimately mixed with ethanol, suggesting no significant impact on demand. [ read more … ]

Refiners warn against Trump’s proposed fixes to RFS

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted August 30, 2019

The CEOs of major refiners warned President Trump on Wednesday not to move forward with proposed fixes to the Renewable Fuel Standard. “The fixes that are being suggested by the Department of Agriculture and the biofuels community that would raise the conventional biofuel mandate will do nothing to increase domestic ethanol usage, but will only give incentives for more imported biodiesel,” said CEOs Joseph Gorder of Valero, Gary Heminger of Marathon and Jeff Ramsey of Flint Hills Resources, in a letter to Trump. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

U.S. Farmers May Be Angrier, But Their Trump Love Is Growing

By Isis Almeida, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted August 30, 2019

On one hand, farmers have never been this critical of the Trump administration and the trade war with China. On the other, their love for the president seems to be growing. Support for the president rebounded in the past year, with 67% of farmers saying they’d back him for reelection in 2020, according to a survey of 1,150 growers carried out by Farm Futures between July 21 and Aug. 3. That’s up from last year, when backing fell to just under 60% following the introduction of Chinese retaliatory tariffs on American soybeans.
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Farmers’ loyalty to Trump tested over new corn-ethanol rules

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, SCOTT McFETRIDGE and JULIE PACE, Associated Press  •    •  Posted August 30, 2019

When President Donald Trump levied tariffs on China that scrambled global markets, farmer Randy Miller was willing to absorb the financial hit. Even as the soybeans in his fields about an hour south of Des Moines became less valuable, Miller saw long-term promise in Trump’s efforts to rebalance America’s trade relationship with Beijing. “The farmer plays the long game,” said Miller, who grows soybeans and corn and raises pigs in Lacona. “I look at my job through my son, my grandkids. So am I willing to suffer today to get this done to where I think it will be better for them? Yes.” [ read more … ]

More ethanol plant shutdowns could be in future

By Ken Anderson, Brownfield Ag News  •    •  Posted August 30, 2019

“The U.S. ethanol industry is in a dire state.” That’s the message from the executive director of Renewable Fuels Nebraska, Troy Bredenkamp. Bredenkamp says the small refinery exemption waivers and the loss of the China export market can be blamed for the industry’s struggles. [ read more … ]

NCGA to President Trump: Ethanol, RFS Changes Needed Now!

By Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted August 30, 2019

The president of the National Corn Growers Association wrote a letter Thursday to President Donald Trump, letting him know the EPA small refinery exemptions “sent shockwaves through the corn industry and put us back on our heels.” Lynn Chrisp, a Nebraska farmer, highlighted that POET has idled an ethanol plant in Indiana and a farmer-owned Minnesota plant, Corn Plus, announced closure on Wednesday after 25 years in business. “More plant closings could be on the horizon if you don’t step in and address the damage done by your EPA, which has issued far more exemptions than any previous administration.” [ read more … ]

Commentary

A farmer’s plea to the president: Fix our fuel

By Doug Sombke, South Dakota Farmers Union  •    •  Posted August 30, 2019

The president is in between a rock and hard place; actually, several. His efforts to help the domestic ethanol and agriculture industries by having the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approve year-round E15 have been undermined by the very same EPA. Then again, his efforts to roll back mileage standards to help the auto industry have been undermined by California and the auto industry itself. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.