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NEWS UPDATE July 25, 2013

Federal ethanol mandates draw raves, rants at hearing

By Joseph Morton / World-Herald Bureau  •    •  Posted July 25, 2013

Iowa farmer Pam Johnson offered a stout defense Wednesday of federal ethanol mandates. But the president of the National Corn Growers Association must have felt a little lonely as she testified before a House subcommittee about the Renewable Fuel Standard. [ read more … ]

Corn growers face off with ethanol foes in House hearing

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted July 25, 2013

Without the federal biofuel mandate, the nation’s farm economy would likely be in a “deep recession,” the president of the corn industry’s biggest trade group told lawmakers yesterday. Pam Johnson, a sixth-generation corn and soybean farmer from Floyd, Iowa, said ethanol over the past five years has fueled an increase in farm income, projected to reach a record $128 billion this year. Ethanol, she added, has also helped farmers shift away from relying on government subsidies to survive. [ read more … ]

The future of the RFS becomes less easy to predict

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted July 25, 2013

Retain, reform or repeal. These are the three R’s faced by the federal renewable fuel standard on Capitol Hill, but the results of any of those options remain unclear. The House Energy and Commerce Committee has held a number of hearings on the renewable fuel standard (RFS), the guiding law for a nationwide goal to produce 36 billion gallons of biofuels by 2022, asking experts to weigh in on the economic, environmental and technical impacts of a law. Since late June, the committee has released a series of white papers to better understand the issue. [ read more … ]

Funding axed, N.C. Biofuels Center to close

Chris Bagley, Triangle Business Journal  •    •  Posted July 25, 2013

The N.C. Biofuels Center will shut down “within weeks,” a spokesman said Tuesday morning as lawmakers moved to vote on a state budget that cuts off its $2 million in annual state funding. The center, near Oxford, conducts research mainly on transportation fuels derived from cellulosic grasses and other crops. It also aims to facilitate local investment by out-of-state biofuels companies. It employs 14 people, spokesman Wil Glenn said Tuesday. It’s a nominally independent nonprofit corporation, but its budget has come almost entirely from annual appropriations by the N.C. General Assembly. [ read more … ]

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