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NEWS UPDATE October 5, 2020

Top Story

President urges stimulus deal, but obstacles remain

By Jeff Stein, Washignton Post  •    •  Posted October 4, 2020

President Trump on Saturday called for Congress to pass a stimulus package, urging swift action while being treated for the novel coronavirus despite significant obstacles remaining between negotiators over an agreement. White House officials have in recent days sought with increasing urgency to secure a stimulus deal amid new signs of weakness in the U.S. economy and Trump’s flagging polling numbers ahead of the election in November. The president’s sudden hospitalization on Friday threatened to inject a new element of uncertainty into the already delicate talks, although negotiations continued into the weekend. [ read more … ]

Covid Relief Aid

Trump signs government funding bill including CCC replenishment

By Larry Lee, Brownfield  •    •  Posted October 4, 2020

A government shutdown was averted at the last minute, meaning several farm programs will continue to be funded.  President Trump signed a continuing resolution funding the government after returning from campaign stops in Minnesota, about an hour after Washington officially ran out of money.  Farm Bureau economist John Newton tells Brownfield the continuing resolution immediately replenishes 20 billion dollars for Commodity Credit Corporation funding. “That way, USDA can continue to distribute their CFAP-2 program payments to help producers affected by COVID, as well as distribute their typical farm bill conservation, marketing loan programs, and then your ARC PLC benefits.” [ read more … ]

Biodiesel

U.S. oil refiners look to leapfrog Canadians in making renewable diesel

By Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Laura Sanicola in New York, Reuters  •    •  Posted October 4, 2020

U.S. oil refineries are moving aggressively to produce renewable diesel, partly to cash in on Canada’s greener fuel standard before Canadian refiners modify their own plants.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government intends to present its Clean Fuel Standard this year, aiming to cut 30 million tonnes of emissions by 2030. Renewable diesel, made by processing spent cooking oil, canola oil or animal fats, can be used in high concentrations or without blending in conventional diesel engines. [ read more … ]

Markets

UNL report gauges ag’s impact in Nebraska

By Matt Olberding, Lincoln Journal Star  •    •  Posted October 4, 2020

In 2017, the total output of Nebraska’s ag production complex was $81.8 billion, according to the report, accounting for 33.9% of the state’s total output. The state’s ag sector contributed $25.7 billion to Nebraska’s gross state product, representing 21.6% of the total. Even in a year such as 2017 with low commodity prices and modest farm incomes, between one-fifth and one-fourth of Nebraska’s economy was attributed to ag production. “Few other states have an economy with this degree of agricultural prominence,” said Mike Boehm, vice chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and vice president of agriculture and natural resources for the University of Nebraska system. [ read more … ]

Report: China may lower E10 mandate to E5

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted October 4, 2020

China’s ethanol blend rate is not expected to exceed 4 percent this year despite plans by the country to implement a nationwide E10 mandate by the end of 2020, according to a report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network. According to the report, which was filed in late July and published in August, China has unofficially suspended its goal to implement a nationwide E10 mandate before the end of this year. That goal was established in 2017. The report cites limited ethanol production capacity, a recent drop in corn stocks, and corresponding rising corn prices and reasons the rollout has been stalled. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Midlands Voices: Giving a boost to ethanol means giving a boost to cleaner air

By Larry Pearce and Doug Durante, Omaha World Herald  •    •  Posted October 4, 2020

This month, catastrophic wildfires raced through California, Oregon and Washington state, leaving over 30 people dead while toxic smoke blocked out the sun and created a cloud that slowly migrated to Nebraska, quite visible to the eye. State officials issued a statewide health advisory warning vulnerable Nebraskans to curtail activities. Unfortunately, a bigger problem exists in the air which we don’t see — toxic ultra-fine particles (UFPs). [ read more … ]

Has Trump Helped Or Hurt The U.S. Ethanol Industry?

By Robert Rapier, Oilprice.com  •    •  Posted October 4, 2020

Last week at a campaign rally in Jacksonville, Florida, President Trump made a puzzling claim. Near the end of a story about Kamala Harris, Trump said “The great state of Iowa — where I made ethanol possible for them…” I can’t even begin to understand what that means, but let’s review some ethanol history. [ read more … ]

15 Years of the RFS: A Reason to Celebrate

By Geoff Cooper, RFA  •    •  Posted October 4, 2020

So much of our industry’s time and effort in recent years has been focused on reacting to crises, defending against misguided attacks, and addressing day-to-day challenges. Whether we are coping with the market impacts of COVID-19, responding to myths and misinformation about ethanol, or fighting to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard, these daily skirmishes sometimes make it too easy to lose sight of the big picture. When we are so focused on “fighting fires,” we often forget to stop, take a breath, and reflect on the victories and successes that got us to where we are today as an industry. [ read more … ]

Campaign 2020

Where Trump and Biden Stand on Climate and Energy Policy

By Timothy Puko, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted October 4, 2020

The 2020 presidential election pits one candidate making climate change integral throughout his platform against another who dismisses its importance and pledges to keep pushing a deregulatory agenda. Environmental policy is one of the biggest contrasts between Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden. Energy companies, auto makers and unions all may see major changes if there is turnover at the White House. [ read more … ]

Pence: Road to White House runs through Iowa

By ROD BOSHART, The Courier  •    •  Posted October 4, 2020

With a little more than a month before Election Day, Vice President Mike Pence was in Iowa on Thursday, encouraging Hawkeye State voters to once again give President Donald Trump their support. Pence, making his fifth trip to Iowa this year, told about 600 people in attendance at the “Faith in Leadership, America’s Need for Revival” event in Des Moines that “It has been people of faith I believe with all of my heart who have led us toward a more perfect union.” [ read more … ]

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