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NEWS UPDATE September 12, 2012

No waiver on support for ethanol industry — Vilsack

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted September 12, 2012

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today mounted a strong defense of the ethanol industry, urging against calls to waive the federal renewable fuel standard to ease the pressure on livestock producers affected by the drought. In a speech in Washington, D.C., to members of the ethanol trade group Growth Energy, Vilsack promised to convey his support to U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, who is ultimately responsible for deciding whether to waive the standard. He said the Department of Agriculture would continue to back the domestic biofuels industry through programs that fund the commercialization of the advanced biofuels industry. [ read more … ]

Hopes dim for farm bill passage ahead of today’s rally

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted September 12, 2012

The House’s top agriculture Democrat today plans to offer a sobering message to dozens of farm and conservation groups that are convening on Capitol Hill this morning for a rally to promote the farm bill. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), ranking member on the House Agriculture Committee, said yesterday that he will tell the gathered groups he does not believe the full five-year farm bill can be passed before the end of the year. What’s more likely is that the bill will be extended and work will begin anew next year with the incoming Congress, he said. [ read more … ]

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