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NEWS UPDATE December 4, 2013

Branstad to testify at EPA hearing on Renewable Fuel Standard, backing ethanol industry

by William Petroski, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted December 4, 2013

Gov. Terry Branstad said today that he will be testifying Thursday at a public hearing in Virginia sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on a proposed rule to weaken the federal government’s Renewable Fuel Standard. [ read more … ]

Iowa Governor to Lobby EPA on Cutbacks to Corn Ethanol

  •    •  Posted December 4, 2013

That seems to be the approach Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is taking in his defense of the renewable-fuel standard. The five-term corn-country executive will testify Thursday at an Environmental Protection Agency hearing on its proposed reductions to the corn ethanol mandate and some other renewable fuels, The Des Moines Register reports. [ read more … ]

EPA’s RFS cuts would stymie biofuels growth, Purdue ag economist says

By KEITH ROBINSON, Purdue University  •    •  Posted December 4, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new plan to reduce the required amount of biofuels to be produced in 2014 by 2.94 billion gallons would reduce incentive for biofuels growth, Purdue University energy policy specialist Wally Tyner says. Tyner, the James and Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics, commented on the EPA’s proposal to trim total production of biofuels from the current mandate of 18.15 billion gallons to 15.21 billion. Tyner recommends the total be set at 16.4 billion. [ read more … ]

Nebraska Ethanol Board exec seeks transition plan

Associated Press  •    •  Posted December 4, 2013

The Nebraska Ethanol Board has agreed to discuss planning for the eventual replacement of its top administrator. Administrator Todd Sneller urged the board at its Monday meeting to prepare for a transition that should be accomplished over years, not months [ read more … ]

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