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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE October 8, 2019

Top Story

A Trump Policy Shift Gives Farmers in Key 2020 States ‘Exactly What We Wanted’

By Mitch Smith, New York Times  •    •  Posted October 7, 2019

The Trump administration’s new approach on ethanol followed weeks of pressure on the administration from elected officials in the Midwest and warnings from some farmers that their support for Mr. Trump next year was not assured. As those negotiations stretched on, and as more ethanol plants stopped operations, Representative Rodney Davis, Republican of Illinois, introduced a bill targeting the exemptions. Senator Joni Ernst, Republican of Iowa, spoke repeatedly about the issue with Mr. Trump. And the governors of Minnesota and South Dakota — one a Democrat, the other a Republican — sent a joint letter to the president asking him to reconsider his approach.
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White House Proposed Biofuel Plan

Trump says ethanol deal will be around 16 billion gallons

By Eric Beech and Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted October 8, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday his administration’s proposal to boost the biofuels market next year would bring the amount of corn-based ethanol mixed into the nation’s fuel to about 16 billion gallons (60.6 billion liters). “We’ve come to an agreement and its going to be, I guess, about, getting close to 16 billion … that’s a lot of gallons. So they should like me out in Iowa,” he told a news conference. [ read more … ]

Trade

White House Adviser Sees Possible Progress in U.S.-China Trade Talks

By Andrea Shalal and Makini Brice, Reuters  •    •  Posted October 7, 2019

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Monday said it was possible U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators could make progress when they meet in Washington this week, and said Washington was open to looking at what proposals Beijing brought. “Recently some of the statements coming out of Beijing have been a little more positive. They’re been in the market buying some agriculture commodities from the U.S. – soybeans, pork and wheat and other things. That’s a good sign.” [ read more … ]

Latest U.S.-Brazil Ethanol Twist Is Setback for American Farmers

By Fabiana Batista, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted October 7, 2019

Brazil and the U.S. have been hammering out a deal for ethanol trade between the nations for months, and the latest twist in the saga could end up being a major setback for American farmers. On Thursday, the Brazilian government reached a deal with its Congress to restrict the time-frame on imports of U.S. ethanol, according to a person familiar with the matter. Shipments with zero tariffs to Brazil’s Northeast region, the destination for about 80% of cargoes from the U.S., will be limited to the so-called off season for millers in the area, or when they’re not producing biofuel themselves from March to August. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Iowa farmers calling it quits could increase, economists say

By Rod Boshart, The Gazette  •    •  Posted October 7, 2019

“We’ve got a farm economy that could be unleashed and just crazy good,” said Lillibridge, “but we’ve got leaders in our government that are keeping that from happening. It’s very frustrating and that’s a bipartisan frustration, too — it’s not one side or the other.” Lillibridge’s operation includes 1,200 acres and another 700 “custom farm” acres of corn, soybeans and alfalfa along with a small herd of Red Angus cattle. [ read more … ]

Minnesota Legislature considers ‘Clean Energy First’ policy

By Walker Orenstein, MinnPost/Associated Press  •    •  Posted October 7, 2019

The centerpiece of Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor lawmakers’ plans to fight the climate crisis is a mandate that would make the energy grid carbon-free by 2050. But at the Minnesota Capitol, another climate measure, this one known as “Clean Energy First,” has drawn just as much attention — and may have better odds of becoming law. [ read more … ]

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