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NEWS UPDATE October 13, 2020

Top Story

Stimulus Talks Remain Deadlocked as House Told No Votes Expected

By Billy House and Steven T. Dennis, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted October 12, 2020

Prospects for a quick end to the stalemate over a new stimulus faded Monday with members of the House being told not to expect any action this week and many Senate Republicans rejecting the White House proposal for a deal. President Donald Trump, well behind Democrat Joe Biden in every recent poll, again attempted to prod negotiations by urging the GOP by tweet to cut short confirmation hearings for his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, to focus on bolstering the economy. [ read more … ]

USDA Aid

Trump Funnels Record Subsidies to Farmers Ahead of Election Day

By Alan Rappeport, New York Times  •    •  Posted October 12, 2020

Farmers have been clobbered financially during the last two years, as Mr. Trump’s trade wars with China and Europe led to tariffs on American agricultural exports, including corn, soybeans, lobsters and peanuts. Then, this year, the pandemic interfered with global supply chains, and restaurant and hotel closures sapped demand. Farmers were forced to dump milk into manure pits and destroy millions of pounds of beans and cabbage. [ read more … ]

USDA Infrastructure Grants

Money for pumps and your tanks are free

BY ERIC WOLFF, Politico  •    •  Posted October 12, 2020

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue distributed $22 million across 14 states to help gas stations start replacing key infrastructure needed to sell 15 percent ethanol blends year round. Though EPA recently allowed stations to start using standard E10 tanks to sell E15, some stations need to make the upgrades, and Perdue has $100 million to spread around. [ read more … ]

USDA names recipients of $22 million in HBIIP awards

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted October 12, 2020

The USDA on Oct. 8 announced an initial round of awards under its $100 million Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. The agency said it is awarding $22 million to 40 recipients in 14 states. The remaining awards are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Investments made under HBIIP aim to help transportation fueling and biodiesel distribution facilities convert to higher ethanol and biodiesel blends by sharing the costs related to the installation of fuel pumps, related equipment and infrastructure. Under the program, higher blends include ethanol blends of greater than 10 percent and biodiesel blends of greater than 5 percent. The application period for the program closed Aug. 13. [ read more … ]

USDA funds on the way to support Nebraska ethanol

By Steve White, NTV  •    •  Posted October 12, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Thursday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has invested $22 million to increase American ethanol and biodiesel sales. In Nebraska, Aurora Cooperative will benefit from $300,000 to replace 12 dispensers and 10 storage tanks at 10 fueling stations. This project is expected to increase the amount of ethanol sold by 791,510 gallons per year. [ read more … ]

Iowa retailers split $9.3 million for biofuels infrastructure

By O. Kay Henderson, Radio Iowa  •    •  Posted October 12, 2020

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the U.S.D.A. has awarded $9.3 million in grants to increase ethanol and biodiesel sales in the state of Iowa. The money may be used to install new storage tanks or new fuel pumps for biodiesel or higher blends of ethanol. “A consumer will have the ultimate choice. That’s what we want to do,” Perdue said. “…I’m confident that our wise consumers when they see a cleaner product, higher octane, lower price, that benefits their neighbors — I think they’re going to choose that.” [ read more … ]

Campaign 2020

Trade, biofuels and the environment: key agriculture issues in U.S. election

By P.J. Huffstutter and Karl Plume in Chicago and Stephanie Kelly in New York, Reuters  •    •  Posted October 12, 2020

Trump has a mixed record on his handling of the nation’s biofuel laws. The issue has a direct impact on corn farmers because corn is used to make the ethanol blended into gasoline under the biofuels mandate. Trump’s administration has about quadrupled the number of waivers it has given to oil refiners, exempting them from a requirement to blend biofuels into their fuel. That means less demand for the corn to make the fuel – and lower crop prices for farmers. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Ethanol can help Iowa ‘weather the storm’ and tackle thorny pollution problems for the country

By Doug Durante and Doing Sombke, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted October 12, 2020

Respected political leaders have endorsed the benefit of using ethanol in much higher volumes than we are using now as an aromatics replacement. Last year Sen. Chuck Grassley and former Sen.Tim Wirth wrote in a bipartisan message that the use of higher ethanol blends is part of the solution to the nation’s energy and climate challenges.  Recently, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition wrote to President Donald Trump requesting that he direct the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce the use of toxic aromatics, as the Clean Air Act directs, by substituting high octane ethanol. [ read more … ]

Nebraska Environmental Trust

Lawsuit seeks to stop Nebraska Environmental Trust’s $1.8 million grant for ethanol pumps

By Martha Stoddard, Omaha World Herald  •    •  Posted October 12, 2020

Critics of the Nebraska Environmental Trust board’s decision to award $1.8 million to a project installing ethanol blender pumps and storage tanks at gas stations are taking their fight to court. Two of those critics, W. Don Nelson and Jon Oberg, have filed a lawsuit in Lancaster County District Court asking for an injunction to stop the award. The suit names the trust board as the defendant. [ read more … ]

 

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