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NEWS UPDATE October 31, 2022

Top Story

Loss to Nebraska farmers due to drought estimated at least $2 billion this year

By Paul Hammer, Nebraska Examiner  •    •  Posted October 31, 2022

Drought conditions this year may cost Nebraska corn, soybean and wheat farmers nearly $2 billion, an agriculture economist estimated Thursday. Nathan Dorn, who farms near Firth south of Lincoln, said he’s already cutting back on spending for new cattle and next year’s crop due to lower yields and increased costs for seed, fuel and fertilizer that he estimated at $13 an acre.
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Carbon Capture

Wolf Carbon Solutions adds pipeline meetings after ‘anomalies’ in notifications

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted October 31, 2022

Wolf is one of three companies that seek to build carbon capture pipelines in Iowa. Wolf, Summit Carbon Solutions and Navigator CO2 Ventures propose to capture carbon dioxide from ethanol plants and other energy-intensive agricultural operations, liquefy it under pressure and transport it via the pipelines to locations in Illinois or North Dakota, where it would be sequestered a mile underground. [ read more … ]

States

California moves toward mandating zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles

By Dan Zukowski, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted October 31, 2022

The California Air Resources Board met Thursday and agreed to move forward with plans to mandate a transition to zero-emission trucks, shuttle buses and certain other buses beginning in 2024. A final decision on the Advanced Clean Fleet regulation will occur in the spring of 2023. The action aims to fight pollution. Medium- and heavy-duty vehicles contribute a disproportionately high share of the transportation sector’s greenhouse gas and nitrogen oxide emissions, CARB notes.
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Politics

U.S. Senate candidates differ on how to support family farming

BY: JARED STRONG, Iowa Capital Dispatch  •    •  Posted October 31, 2022

“When you are going in that direction (of electric vehicles), we’ve got the possibility of losing 46,000 jobs in biofuels in the United States,” Grassley said. “So I think one of the main things is — without maybe changing things — but defending the importance of biofuels and ethanol production in the United States — particularly in Iowa, being number one in biofuels — is very, very important.” Franken said there are potential markets for biofuels beyond passenger vehicles that should be explored. He also said the emissions and heat generated by ethanol plants could be piped into greenhouses, where a variety of crops could be locally produced and distributed. [ read more … ]

Climate

GOP Lawmakers Want Vilsack to Detail Justification for Climate-Smart Pilot Program

By Chris Clayton, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted October 31, 2022

Republican lawmakers on Monday wrote Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack with questions about how USDA is spending money and asking for justification on USDA’s Partnership for Climate-Smart Commodities. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., and Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., led a letter of ten GOP House members to Vilsack on the $2.8 billion that went to the climate-smart pilot projects along with the expectation that the funds will go up to $3.5 billion with later announcements.
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Markets

Mississippi River Not So Mighty Right Now

By Mary Kennedy, Progressive farmer  •    •  Posted October 31, 2022

There are some shippers on the Ohio River and south along the LMR that are either unable to get empty barges placed at their stations due to lack of availability and/or because the water is too low at their dock to get a barge placed. Barge lines noted that docks and harbors may see further draft restrictions locally, some reportedly at 7 feet max, stated American Commercial Barge Lines (ACBL) on its website. [ read more … ]

$30B of profits renews Big Oil’s clash with White House

By Mike Lee, E&E News  •    •  Posted October 31, 2022

The two biggest U.S. oil and gas companies reported over $30 billion in combined earnings Friday, touching off another round of debate about the actions of domestic energy producers. President Joe Biden and the head of Exxon Mobil Corp. engaged in a long-distance verbal spat over the third-quarter results while a Democrat in Congress announced a new plan to block exports of U.S. gasoline during periods with high domestic prices. [ read more … ]

EVs

In California’s Wine Country, Some Towns Ban New Gasoline Stations

By Zusha Elinson, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted October 31, 2022

More communities in California wine country are telling gasoline stations to set up shop somewhere else. Eight cities and towns in Napa and Sonoma counties have banned the construction of new gas stations. The city council in Novato, Calif., located in Marin County, passed a ban in an initial vote last week and is expected to give it final approval in November. [ read more … ]

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