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NEWS UPDATE March 10, 2021

Top Story

For U.S. Farmers, China Is Back and Bigger Than Ever

By Jesse Newman and photographs by Sylvia Jarrus, The Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted March 10, 2021

China is once again the U.S.’s chief customer for agricultural goods, three years after the start of a bruising trade war that prompted American farmers to try to wean themselves off their biggest market. Following a cease-fire between the world’s two largest economies last year, U.S. farmers are shipping record volumes of crops and meat across the Pacific. The surging agricultural exports are helping power a turnaround in the U.S. farm economy, lifting commodity prices and profits for agribusinesses, and fueling expectations that farmers will devote more land than ever for some crops. [ read more … ]

Large Ethanol Shipments Set Sail; Why China May Be Testing the Waters

By TYNE MORGAN, Ag Wed  •    •  Posted March 10, 2021

More than a month after news broke China committed to its largest ethanol purchase ever, some of those exports have started to set sail. Reuters reported three ships carrying ethanol were heading to China from the U.S. Gulf Coast. The report said the shipments may surpass the total amount of U.S. ethanol that China imported last year, a positive development for the U.S. ethanol industry. [ read more … ]


EPA considers combining 2021, 2022 U.S. biofuel blending proposals – sources

By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted March 11, 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency is considering issuing proposals for U.S. biofuel blending obligations for both 2021 and 2022 at the same time, two sources familiar with the matter said, after the coronavirus pandemic delayed rulemaking. The proposals are a crucial signal to the corn and oil industries because they outline precisely how many gallons of biofuels like ethanol the refining industry must blend into their transportation fuel under the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard.
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Nebraska E30 Demonstration Project

Neb. study finds E30 fuel OK for non-flex-fuel vehicles

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted March 10, 2021

Adil Al-Siyabi, the primary researcher for the project, said the public has seen inconsistent messaging about E30 fuel, including suggestions that it reduces fuel efficiency or wears down parts. He said his team’s research found that to be untrue. Researchers said they’ll release their full results after the study has been peer reviewed. [ read more … ]

Climate Litigation

Big Tobacco had to pay $206B. Is Big Oil next?

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted March 10, 2021

“The tobacco companies were deliberately lying about the harmful effects of cigarettes, and they had to pay for those false statements,” said Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison (D), who filed a climate liability lawsuit last year against Exxon Mobil Corp., the American Petroleum Institute and three Koch entities. “With Exxon Mobil, Koch and API, we will show that they, too, were deliberately misleading and lying to the public about how their products caused climate change so they could keep making billions of dollars,” Ellison said in a phone interview with E&E News. [ read more … ]

Clean Fuel Standards

Washington state Legislature considers clean-fuels standard as part of climate change ‘grand bargain’

By Hal Bernton, Seattle Times  •    •  Posted March 10, 2021

For the past three years, tanker trucks filled with livestock tallow and vegetable oil have unloaded at the BP Cherry Point refinery in northwest Washington. There, they are turned into renewable fuel that performs the same as diesel processed from North American crude oil. This is the kind of stuff that could help Gov. Jay Inslee realize his vision of greening the state’s transportation fleet. But the fuel, about 5% of the plant’s total diesel output, heads south to Oregon and California, where state laws require marketers — including BP — to lower the carbon emissions from their products. [ read more … ]


Top lawmakers demand farmer, biofuel assistance

  •    •  Posted March 10, 2021

Midwest lawmakers also continue to call for aid to the biofuel industry, which was hobbled by falling transportation fuel demand and plant closures early in the pandemic. Grassley and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) led a letter to Vilsack — who’s also from Iowa — Monday asking that aid from pandemic-related measures be made specifically available to help biofuel producers recover losses. [ read more … ]

Mead Ethanol Plant

Troubled ethanol plant near Mead has begun charring contaminated waste seed corn

By Paul Hammel, Omaha World Herald  •    •  Posted March 10, 2021

A troubled ethanol plant near Mead that has been sued by the state for possible pollution has started “charring” thousands of tons of distilled seed corn in hopes of eliminating the hazardous chemicals the corn contains. The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy said it will be sampling the charred corn to determine whether the charring process has destroyed the harmful chemicals. [ read more … ]


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