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NEWS UPDATE September 11, 2019

Top Story

White House Biofuel Plan

White House to Meet With Biodiesel Producers in Quest for a Deal

By Mario Parker and Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted September 11, 2019

Trump administration officials are set to meet with renewable fuel producers on Wednesday, as they seek to entice industry endorsements for a plan to bolster corn-based ethanol and soy-based biodiesel. The meeting is slated to include executives from Louis Dreyfus Co., Renewable Biofuels Inc., and Renewable Energy Group Inc., said people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be named discussing private negotiations. Ethanol and biodiesel industry trade associations are not expected to be present. [ read more … ]

White House invites biofuel company officials to meet over stalled deal: sources – Reuters

By Jarrett Renshaw and Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted September 11, 2019

White House officials have arranged to meet representatives of biofuel companies on Wednesday to discuss the administration’s plan to increase biofuel blending mandates, in a bid to secure industry support, two sources familiar with the matter said. President Donald Trump’s plan aims to appease farmer anger in the Midwest over his administration’s decision to exempt 31 refineries from an obligation to blend ethanol with gasoline, which the farming community says has undermined corn demand. [ read more … ]

RFS Policy Change Negotiations Ongoing

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted September 11, 2019

A Renewable Fuel Standard deal, which the president was apparently referring to in his tweet, had not been reached as of Tuesday, and there may be additional meetings at the White House in the coming days, an industry source familiar with the situation told DTN. When asked by reporters where the EPA stands on changes to the RFS, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said Tuesday EPA “Has not made any decisions to change anything going forward on ethanol or RFS.” [ read more … ]

What President Trump’s Biofuels Plan Means For Ethanol Investors

By Tristan R. Brown, Seeking Alpha  •    •  Posted September 11, 2019

Mr. Trump recently announced a “giant” relief package for a struggling U.S. ethanol sector. The details that have been released suggest that the centerpiece of the plan will be a 1 billion gallon increase to the total mandated biofuels blending volume in 2020. While Mr. Trump has portrayed the plan as a win-win for both biofuel producers and small refineries, the devil is in the details. [ read more … ]

Biodiesel Producers Plead With Trump to Stand Behind Promises on RFS

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted September 11, 2019

In a plea to President Donald Trump ahead of an expected announced policy change on biofuels, the National Biodiesel Board and 33 of its producer members called on the administration to save the industry from small-refinery exemptions. As of Friday, according to an ethanol industry source, Trump’s planned boost to biofuels included a number of provisions the industry doesn’t support. An announcement of the changes was originally expected this week. However, information leaked to the news media detailed a proposal ethanol and biodiesel interests say doesn’t go far enough. [ read more … ]

Litigation

EPA RFS faces court setback as fuels fight drags on

Buy Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted September 11, 2019

Environmental groups were the only ones to notch a victory in court on Monday in a case over the Renewable Fuels Standard. The Environmental Protection Agency must conduct a proper Endangered Species Act review of its rule setting biofuels requirements for 2018 under the RFS, the D.C. Circuit judges said. But the D.C. Circuit rejected competing challenges from oil industry groups and biofuels producers, arguing about whether the EPA’s biofuels mandate for 2018 is too high or too low. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Many U.S. farmers fume at Washington, not Trump, over biofuel, trade policies

By P.J. Huffstutter and Tom Polansek, Reuters  •    •  Posted September 11, 2019

American farmers helped elect President Donald Trump in 2016 on hopes he would shake up Washington and turn around a struggling agricultural economy, but many of his policies have actually stung farmers, notably his trade war with China and biofuel waivers for oil refiners. Many farmers are angry, and some are directing their anger not at the Republican president, but at Washington’s bureaucracy. [ read more … ]

As billions flow to farmers, Trump administration faces internal concerns over unprecedented bailout

By Jeff Stein, Washington Post  •    •  Posted September 11, 2019

Senior government officials, including some in the White House, privately expressed concern that the Trump administration’s nearly $30 billion bailout for farmers needed stronger legal backing, according to multiple people who participated in the planning. The bailout was created by the Trump administration as a way to try to calm outrage from farmers who complained they were caught in the middle of the White House’s trade war with China. In an attempt to pacify farmers, the Agriculture Department created an expansive new program without precedent.
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Farmers Union Board calls on administration to strengthen agricultural markets

By National Farmers Union  •    •  Posted September 11, 2019

In a pair of unanimously approved resolutions, the National Farmers Union (NFU) Board of Directors called on the administration and Congress to address mounting financial difficulties that have been exacerbated by recent policy decisions. Specifically, they urged the resolution of ongoing trade disputes, the enforcement of the Renewable Fuel Standard, (RFS), and the strengthening of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) before final passage.
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E15 sales won’t have to take a break in S.D.

By Bob Mercer, KELO  •    •  Posted September 11, 2019

The ethanol-blend known as E15 can keep flowing without interruption at gas pumps throughout South Dakota. That’s because the state Department of Public Safety recently passed an emergency rule. It says ethanol can flow into South Dakota on or after September 16. [ read more … ]

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