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NEWS UPDATE November 7, 2019

Top Story

Valero Shuts Two Ethanol Plants a Year After Green Plains Deal

By Michael Hirtzer and Isis Almeida, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted November 7, 2019

Valero Energy Corp. has temporarily shut two of the three ethanol plants it bought from Green Plains Inc. just a year after the purchase, according to people familiar with the matter and the U.S. fuel refiner’s website. The second-biggest U.S. oil processor by capacity has now stopped operations at its corn biofuel facility in Riga, Michigan, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. A biorefinery in Bluffton, Indiana, is down for a “turnaround” and will resume production “as soon as favorable economic conditions exits,” the company said on its website. [ read more … ]

Trade

U.S.-China trade deal signing could be delayed to December; London a possible venue – source

By David Brunnstrom and Matt Spetalnick, Reuters  •    •  Posted November 7, 2019

A meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping to sign a long-awaited interim trade deal could be delayed until December as discussions continue over terms and venue, a senior official of the Trump administration told Reuters on Wednesday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it was still possible the “phase one” agreement aimed at ending a damaging trade war would not be reached, but a deal was more likely than not. [ read more … ]

Growth Energy Joins USDA Trade Mission to West Africa

By Growth Energy  •    •  Posted November 6, 2019

Growth Energy Senior Vice President of Global Markets Craig Willis participated in a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) trade mission led by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky. The trade mission, based in Accra, Ghana, sought to build relationships and unlock potential new markets for U.S. commodity groups, and included buyer delegations from Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Nigeria, and Senegal. [ read more … ]

Ethanol looks elsewhere

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted November 6, 2019

he U.S. Grains Council, the American Coalition for Ethanol and the Mexican Association of Service Station Equipment Suppliers have been working with Mexican officials to host workshops in Mexico to promote the use of a 10 percent blend of ethanol in the nation’s transportation fuel [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Republicans balk at ‘outlandish’ energy wish list

By Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 6, 2019

Efforts to extend and revise an assortment of expired or soon-to-lapse energy tax breaks before the end of the year are struggling to find air in a crowded agenda. Policy and process disagreements are also getting in the way. Lawmakers and interest groups for months have eyed the end of year to enact an extenders package to revive more than two dozen tax breaks — including key biofuel and efficiency incentives — that have expired or will lapse by Dec. 31. [ read more … ]

Can farmers sow their way out of climate change?

By Adam Brewster, CBS News  •    •  Posted November 6, 2019

Nine percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are caused by agriculture. Those emissions are changing the earth’s climate and amplifying savage weather conditions that have been taking a heavy toll on the nation’s farmers over the past few years. They’ve been battling historically wet conditions over the past year, including massive floods last spring. As a result, over 19 million acres of land were left unplanted in the U.S. in 2019. And that cost farmers an estimated $7 billion dollars in lost revenue, says Chad Hart, an Associate Professor of Economics at Iowa State University.  [ read more … ]

2020 Primary

Trade war with China and climate change on Iowa farmers’ minds ahead of caucus season

By Natalie Brand, CBS News  •    •  Posted November 6, 2019

This year, the perfect storm of bad weather and political tension is hitting the heartland. Concerns over ethanol policy is threatening demand for corn, the state’s top agricultural product. The debate over renewable fuels is also adding to lingering pain from the trade war with China, the world’s largest consumer of soybeans. Bardole, the president of the Iowa Soybean Association, estimated prices were down around 20%.
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Trump’s presidency: broken promises and a divided America

By Amy Klobuchar, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted November 6, 2019

From town halls to fish fries, debate stages to Hall of Fame dinners, we have talked a lot about changing our policies in this election. But I believe we need to change the tone in our politics, too.  We have a president who wakes up every day thinking about how he can divide this country. We need to stop the mean tweets, divisive attacks and broken promises. We need to look up from our phones and listen to each other. And we need to start working together. Because I believe there’s so much more that unites us than divides us.  [ read more … ]

Opinion

Trump has broken too many promises to Iowa farmers

By Pam Johnson, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted November 6, 2019

From the moment he set foot in Iowa in 2015, Donald Trump made farmers a lot of promises. He promised us he’d invest in rural communities. He promised us fair trade deals that would bolster the agricultural industry. And most importantly, he promised us he would enforce the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) supporting jobs for Iowans and the use of ethanol and biodiesel in our nation’s fuel supply. Flash forward to today, and the picture for farmers across Iowa and the rest of the country is bleak.  [ read more … ]

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