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NEWS UPDATE May 10, 2022

Top Story

Renewable Diesel Spurs Soy Crush Expansion

By  Matthew Wilde, Progressive Farmer Crops Editor  •    •  Posted May 10, 2022

Soybean oil used to be so plentiful decades ago that restaurants, food manufacturers and other industries couldn’t use it all. Surplus supplies were viewed as a waste product with little value.
How times have changed. The fortunes of soybean oil have come full circle thanks to a renewable diesel fuel boom that is driving soy oil demand, raising expectations for higher commodity prices for farmers and laying the foundation to potentially transform the soybean industry.
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RFS

EPA names candidates to peer-review RFS report

By Inside EPA  •    •  Posted May 10, 2022

EPA has released for public comment a list of candidates to peer review its next triennial report on the environmental impacts of the renewable fuel standard (RFS), following two prior reports that saw the impacts of the program as somewhat negative, despite its statutory aim of cutting greenhouse gas emissions. In a Federal Register notice published May 9, EPA invites comment on the list of 20 candidates, from which it will select up to nine to review the upcoming Third Triennial Report to Congress on the environmental impacts of the RFS. [ read more … ]

E15

About that E15

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted May 10, 2022

 Weeks after the Biden administration offered a waiver for summer-time sales of E15, fewer than 1,200 of the 2,300 gas stations equipped to sell the fuel were actually doing so, according to a Pro Analysis by POLITICO’s Madi Alexander. The stations were largely concentrated in the Midwest. [ read more … ]

Markets

Column: Slow U.S. corn planting threatens already-light acreage plans

By Karen Braun, Reuters  •    •  Posted May 10, 2022

The first week of May should be the busiest of the spring for U.S. corn planting, but cooler, wet weather curbed farmers’ progress yet again last week. As of Sunday, the planting pace was the second-slowest for the date since 1993. Warm and dry weather this week should facilitate much more corn planting over the next few days, but there may still be negative implications for acreage in a year where farmers’ intentions were much thinner than market predictions. [ read more … ]

UNICA: Ethanol sales up during start of 2022-’23 harvest season

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted May 10, 2022

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sugarcane processing and ethanol production were down during the first two weeks of the 2022-’23 harvest season, which began April 1. Ethanol sales, however, were up. Mills in the south-central region of Brazil processed 5.19 million metric tons of sugarcane during the first half of April, down 66.87 percent when compared to the same period of the previous harvest. [ read more … ]

EVs

California driving: Over a quarter of electric car-charging stations in Bay Area not working, study says

By Daniella Genovese, Fox Business News  •    •  Posted May 10, 2022

Over 27% of electric vehicle charging stations across the San Francisco Bay Area are not functioning properly, according to a recently published study.  The Reliability of Open Public Electric Vehicle Direct Current Fast Chargers pointed to a recent survey where drivers of electric vehicles in California reported facing several issues at charging stations – from broken plugs and unexpected shut-offs during charging to payment problems.  [ read more … ]

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