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NEWS UPDATE November 25, 2013

Iowa leaders promise to fight EPA proposal that cuts ethanol

Written by Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted November 25, 2013

Economic vitality, energy independence and investment in next-generation renewable fuels all are at risk with a federal proposal to reduce the alternative fuels that go into the U.S. fuel supply, political and industry leaders said at a rally Friday. A week ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed cutting by 3 billion gallons the amount of renewable fuels that would be blended into the U.S. fuel supply next year. It included reducing corn-based ethanol use by about 1.4 billion gallons. [ read more … ]

Branstad: Caucus candidates must support biofuels

Mike Wiser, Quad City Times  •    •  Posted November 25, 2013

“People say, ‘Well, ethanol wasn’t a big issue in the last election.’ Well, yeah the price of corn was sky high,” Branstad said after an event at Lincolnway Energy in rural Nevada to rally support for a higher Renewable Fuel Standard. “Well, now, it’s down to the cost of production, and the EPA is trying to reduce the RFS. It is going to be a huge issue.” [ read more … ]

Ethanol’s backers come out swinging to defend industry

Written by CHRISTOPHER DOERING, Gannett Washington Bureau, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted November 25, 2013

Ethanol supporters are mounting an all-out lobbying blitz they hope will persuade the White House to backtrack on its decision to reduce the amount of the renewable fuel required to be mixed into the country’s gasoline supply next year. Backers of ethanol face a daunting task trying to roll back the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal, however. Those who follow the ethanol debate say it will be hard to convince the EPA to reverse course after the agency has said for months that the law is not working as well as expected. The ethanol industry also must rebuff a powerful lobbying campaign from the oil industry and a push from some Washington lawmakers who want to change or end the mandate. [ read more … ]

Iowans Worry About Ethanol’s Lost Political Clout

By THOMAS BEAUMONT 11/24/13 01:15 PM ET EST, Associated Press  •    •  Posted November 25, 2013

For decades, presidential candidates’ chances in Iowa were wounded if not doomed unless they backed federal support for ethanol, a boon to the state’s corn-growing economy. That rule of politics collapsed resoundingly in the 2012 campaign when five of the six top Republican candidates said it was time for such intervention in the private market to end. [ read more … ]

Ethanol makers may be looking for new markets

Article by: DAVID SHAFFER , Minneapolis Star Tribune  •    •  Posted November 25, 2013

U.S. ethanol makers will be looking to boost exports of the fuel if the federal government, as expected, scales back the amount mandated for use in the domestic market. With low corn prices, thanks to a record crop, industry officials say the nation’s ethanol plants will produce fuel at attractive prices in 2014 — potentially 1 billion gallons or more above what oil companies would be required to use under the proposed blending requirement. [ read more … ]

Farmers see ‘Big Oil’ behind new ethanol rule

Article by: KEVIN DIAZ , Minneapolis Star Tribune  •    •  Posted November 25, 2013

An Obama administration plan to lower the target for biofuels in the nation’s gasoline supply is causing a rift with leading Minnesota lawmakers over a vital state industry that recently opened its first gas station offering a 15 percent ethanol blend. The proposal comes as corn-based ethanol, once seen as a green alternative to imported oil, is increasingly under attack by a host of detractors, from oil companies to environmentalists worried about land conservation. “It’s a huge threat,” said Jerry Demmer, a Clarks Grove, Minn., corn grower and chairman of the Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council. “They smell blood in the water.” [ read more … ]

Corn farmers brace for lower fuel demand

MIKE HUGHLETT, Minneapolis Star Tribune Updated: November 23, 2013 – 5:07 PM,  •    •  Posted November 25, 2013

Talk about bad timing. Corn prices were at three-year lows when the Obama administration on Nov. 15 proposed cutting the corn-ethanol fuel mandate for the first time. Some corn farmers are already nearing break-even points, and a drop in ethanol use could just make matters worse. The proposal “is creating a drag on the market right now, and it will continue to be a drag on the market,” said Greg Schwarz, a corn farmer near Le Sueur, in southern Minnesota. [ read more … ]

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