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NEWS UPDATE October 28, 2020

Top Story

White House Ditches Pre-Election Stimulus Hope, Sees Weeks to Go

By Erik Wasson and Billy House, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted October 27, 2020

Lawmakers had increasingly predicted no deal between the Democrats and the administration would be done before Nov. 3. The departure of U.S. senators from the Capitol for a pre-election break on Monday then made the logistics for passing a bill by Election Day practically impossible. “We’re confident that we can get something in the coming weeks,” White House spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said Tuesday. When pressed on Fox News about whether that means not this week, she said, “We’re hoping within weeks, I don’t want to get too ahead of any announcements.” [ read more … ]

F Factor

Ethanol Groups Push EPA to Consider Future E85 Use in New Vehicles

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted October 28, 2020

The factor is the basis for a credit available to automakers for compliance with EPA’s light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas program and corporate average fuel economy program. A higher F factor is an incentive for automakers to produce more FFVs. In comments submitted to the EPA on Monday, the Renewable Fuels Association called on the agency provide a long-term “floor” and “more robust” E85 use factors for future model year vehicles. “Based on our discussion with automakers, it is clear that manufacturers will hesitate to invest in certain technologies, like FFVs, unless there is some assurance that those vehicles technologies will help enable CAFE and GHG standard compliance over multiple model years,” Kelly Davis, RFA vice president for regulatory affairs, said in comments. [ read more … ]

Market Litigation

ADM Pushes Venue Change in Ethanol Case

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted October 28, 2020

Archer Daniels Midland argues a Green Plains’ lawsuit alleging ethanol-market manipulation should be transferred from a federal court in Nebraska and consolidated with other similar cases in an Illinois court, ADM said in a court brief. ADM argues in a recent brief filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, Green Plains’ case is no different and belongs in the Illinois district. Omaha-based Green Plains Inc. filed a class-action lawsuit in July alleging ADM conducted a scheme to illegally depress the ethanol cash spot market. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Climate change sets drought trap for U.S. corn — study

By Avery Ellfeldt, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted October 27, 2020

U.S. corn production is booming as Midwestern farmers adopt new technologies and methods that mitigate bad weather, destructive pests and weeds. But the long-term outlook isn’t rosy.
New research published yesterday in Nature Food shows maize is becoming more vulnerable to drought, a finding with major implications for annual corn yields given scientists’ predictions that climate change will intensify poor weather conditions. [ read more … ]

Five Senate Ag Committee Seats in Play With Senate Control at Stake

By Jerry Hagstrom, DTN Political Correspondent  •    •  Posted October 27, 2020

One week before the general election, five Republican-held seats on the Senate Agriculture Committee are considered competitive, according to key rating websites. Seats in states without representation on the Senate Agriculture Committee are the most likely to shift from one party to the other, but could determine which party is in control of the Senate and how many senators from each party sit on the committee.
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Trump’s pullback of pollution controls is even more hazardous than you think

By Joe Wertz, Vox  •    •  Posted October 27, 2020

The US Environmental Protection Agency in August rescinded controls installed by the Obama administration to curb releases of methane, a potent, planet-warming gas leaked during oil and gas production, processing, and transportation. The action, expected but nonetheless condemned by environmentalists, had a little-noticed side effect: Experts say it could lead to higher emissions of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, and hazardous air pollutants — chemicals that cause smog and are linked to cancer, respiratory illnesses, and a growing list of other ailments.
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Campaign 2020

Fighting for ethanol industry is key in Iowa’s Senate race

By The Times-Republican  •    •  Posted October 27, 2020

Iowa’s ethanol industry is suffering worse losses than economists originally predicted, increasing pressure on Congress and President Donald Trump’s administration to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard and provide aid to struggling farmers and ethanol producers. While both U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst and Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield have condemned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for providing waivers to oil refineries who seek to avoid blending the nation’s fuel supply with ethanol, the two candidates disagree on who would better represent one of Iowa’s top industries. [ read more … ]

Trump wrong on wind, just like ethanol, say Iowa Democrats

By By Chuck Abbott,  Ag Insider  •    •  Posted October 27, 2020

Despite his visits to Iowa, President Trump “seems to be out of touch with what really matters out in the countryside,” said Tom Vilsack, agriculture secretary in the Obama era, on Monday. Vilsack was part of a line-up of Iowa Democrats to criticize Trump for his opposition to wind energy and for insufficient support of corn ethanol. Iowa is a leader in both. Vilsack said ethanol, a Farm Belt favorite, and wind power were complementary industries for rural economic growth. “They are a reflection of the Biden vision of how you revitalize the rural economy,” said Vilsack. [ read more … ]


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