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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE August 11, 2020

Top Story

In virus talks, Pelosi holds firm while Mnuchin wants a deal

By Alan Suderman, Associated Press  •    •  Posted August 11, 2020

Monday brought no new talks between Trump’s team and negotiators on Capitol Hill as the president tries a go-it-alone strategy. Over the weekend, he launched a series of executive actions that give the appearance of a White House taking charge but may end up providing little help for ordinary Americans. The president’s orders seek to reverse the devastating fallout from unemployment assistance, eviction protections and other aid that has expired. But there are limits, and legal pitfalls, in trying to make an end run around the legislative branch. Pelosi dismissed Trump’s proposals Monday as an “illusion”. Trump acknowledged he’s still quite open to a deal with Congress. “So now Schumer and Pelosi want to meet to make a deal. Amazing how it all works, isn’t it,” he tweeted Monday. “They know my phone number.”

Trump acknowledged he’s still quite open to a deal with Congress. “So now Schumer and Pelosi want to meet to make a deal. Amazing how it all works, isn’t it,” he tweeted Monday. “They know my phone number.”
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Relief Legislation

Relief proposals waiting for a home

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted August 10, 2020

More than 30 farm-state lawmakers want negotiators to include language “explicitly” directing relief to biofuel producers, including, for example, language requiring the Agriculture secretary to provide a per-gallon payment to producers for renewable fuels produced during the pandemic. [ read more … ]

House members advocate for COVID-19 relief for biofuels

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted August 10, 2020

A group of 32 members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to House and Senate leadership on Aug. 7 urging them to include much-needed assistance for biofuels in the phase four COVID-19 relief bill, which is currently being negotiated. “Demand for biofuels has declined more than 1.3 billion gallons since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the members of Congress said in the letter. “The biofuels sector has suffered from the steep drop in fuel demand that occurred when schools, workplaces, churches and other public places shut were closed by stay at-home orders. Many biofuels plants reduced production to curb losses, while others shut down entirely. Biofuels production is a major piece of the rural economy in our districts, and we urge you to explicitly include much-needed assistance for the sector in the next piece of coronavirus relief legislation.” [ read more … ]

RFS

RFS at 15: What does the future hold?

By Dustin Hoffmann, Iowa Agribusiness  •    •  Posted August 10, 2020

It was fifteen years on Saturday, August the 8th, since then-President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005. It was that act that gave birth to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). It’s been a decade and a half of victories and challenges. Even though it seems that the pressure against the RFS has never been stronger, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) says that we have come a long way since 2005, and they are looking for the RFS to be strong into the next fifteen years and beyond. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

U.S. farmers leave fields fallow as COVID-19 wrecks crop prospects

By Mark Weinraub, Reuters  •    •  Posted August 10, 2020

The 1,250 acres of irrigated fields are the most valuable on Troy Schneider’s farm in eastern Colorado, as corn yields in his county typically come in more than three times higher on those fields than dryland ones. But this year, with the economy contracting and demand for corn-based biofuel falling off, Schneider is not planting any cash crops under the sprinkler system on 125 of those irrigated acres. He calculated it would make more financial sense to grow grass for his cows. [ read more … ]

US ethanol, distillers grains exports partially rebound in June

By Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted August 10, 2020

The U.S. exported 78.49 million gallons of ethanol and 883,193 metric tons of distillers grains in June, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service on Aug. 5. Exports of both products were up when compared to May. The 78.49 million gallons of ethanol exported in June was up from the 67.53 million gallons of ethanol exported the previous month, but down form 122.33 million gallons exported in June 2019. [ read more … ]

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