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NEWS UPDATE September 13, 2012

USDA lowers corn crop projections, adding fuel to ethanol debate

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted September 13, 2012

The Agriculture Department today lowered its projections of this year’s corn crop, predicting average corn yields of 122.7 bushels an acre. The monthly projection, while only slightly down from last month’s projection of 123.4 bushels, is a sharp decline from original record forecasts at the beginning of the growing season made before the drought caused crops to wither across the Midwest. Overall corn production for the year is now projected at about 10.75 billion bushels, down from the 10.8 billion bushels predicted last month and the 14.79 billion bushels predicted in May. The new figure represents the smallest corn crop in six years. [ read more … ]

Biofuels supporters buoyed after meetings with lawmakers

By Zack Colman,  •    •  Posted September 13, 2012

Biofuels supporters who swarmed Capitol Hill offices this week feel confident they have sufficient congressional commitment to preserve a fuel rule critical to the industry. The meetings come after biofuels groups hired a lobby firm to deflect attacks from some lawmakers and livestock and poultry groups against the portion of that rule that buoys corn ethanol production. Tom Buis, the CEO of biofuels industry group Growth Energy, said the “170-some appointments” biofuels proponents held Monday through Wednesday assured him of bipartisan and administration commitment to the renewable fuel standard (RFS). [ read more … ]

Surrogate debate offers peek into candidates’ positions on farm issues

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted September 13, 2012

Speaking on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) yesterday blasted the Obama administration for environmental regulations he said were stifling farmers and ranchers. The comments came during a surrogate debate between Johanns and former Iowa Agriculture Secretary Patty Judge, who spoke on behalf of the Obama campaign. [ read more … ]

Nebraska Governor Heineman declares September as Renewable Fuels Month at HHD

By Robert Pore, Grand Island Independent  •    •  Posted September 13, 2012

During the last 25 years, Nebraska has seen its ethanol industry develop into the nation’s second-biggest producer at 2 billion gallons a year from 24 ethanol plants. Gov. Dave Heineman declared September as Renewable Fuels Month on Wednesday at Husker Harvest Days. Heineman said renewable fuels are important to Nebraska. [ read more … ]

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