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NEWS UPDATE October 1, 2020

Top Story

No deal after Pelosi, Mnuchin meet on economic relief, but talks will continue

By Erica Werner, Jeff Stein and Rachael Bade, Washington Post  •    •  Posted October 1, 2020

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met Wednesday to discuss an economic-relief deal, and although they did not reach a final deal, House Democrats agreed to postpone a vote on a more partisan bill to give the bipartisan talks more time. “Secretary Mnuchin and I had an extensive conversation and we found areas where we are seeking further clarification. Our conversations will continue,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement after their 90-minute meeting. [ read more … ]

Covid Aid

Study Pegs Ethanol Industry COVID Impact at $8 Billion

By Cindy Zimmerman, AgWired  •    •  Posted September 30, 2020

A new study published in the Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization finds that ethanol producers will experience roughly $8 billion in losses this year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on world fuel markets. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper said the new study corroborates the findings of an RFA analysis published in July, which found pandemic-related losses could be $7 billion or more, and it underscores the need for emergency relief for the industry. [ read more … ]

Secretary Perdue Says Congress Must Approve Ethanol Aid

By Cindy Zimmerman, AgWired  •    •  Posted September 30, 2020

Despite estimates that ethanol producers could lose up to $8 billion this year, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says he has no authority to make payments to plants through the Commodity Credit Corporation under the latest round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2).
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Dem package includes ethanol, pork producer, PPE aid

By The Hagstrom Report  •    •  Posted September 30, 2020

The $2.2 trillion coronavirus aid package that House Democrats unveiled Monday evening includes aid to ethanol plants and livestock and poultry producers who were forced to kill their animals due to processing plant shutdowns and back-ups. The bill amends the Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act to add authority for the agriculture secretary to deal with removal and disposal of livestock and poultry due to supply chain interruption during a public health emergency. It also amends the CCC Charter Act to require congressional notification before disbursement of CCC funding.
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More biofuel blending waiver decisions not likely ahead of election, Iowa senator says

By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted September 30, 2020

Senator Chuck Grassley from corn producer Iowa said on Tuesday he does not believe the Trump administration will make any further announcements on biofuel blending waivers for small refiners before November’s presidential election. Grassley added that President Donald Trump has already proven he supports ethanol after a move this month to deny scores of retroactive waiver requests that would have exempted refiners from blending laws for previous years. [ read more … ]

EPA Admin Updates on RFS and Dicamba in MN Farm Visit

By Red River Farm Network  •    •  Posted September 30, 2020

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler denied requests for retroactive small refinery waivers in mid-September, but pending small refinery exemptions remain. “Those pending waivers are from 2019 and they’re the subject of the Tenth Circuit Court’s decision,” said Wheeler. [ read more … ]

Campaign 2020

Iowa again a battleground, sign of Trump’s Midwest obstacles

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press  •    •  Posted September 30, 2020

After years of farmers supporting Trump despite the trade war with China which cost them in agricultural exports, some Republicans say Trump’s renewable fuel policy has sown some doubt. Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency granted dozens of waivers to petroleum companies seeking to bypass congressional rules requiring the level of the corn-based fuel additive ethanol that gasoline must contain. Though Trump recently denied waiver requests, the EPA’s previous action removed about 4 billion gallons of ethanol demand, and in the process shuttered at least temporarily more than a dozen ethanol plants in Iowa. [ read more … ]



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