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NEWS UPDATE February 5, 2014

EPA and the ag industry, a love story?

Jenny Hopkinson, Politico  •    •  Posted February 5, 2014

While both will be problematic, “the RFS is the one that haunts me the most,” said McCarthy, who helped craft the program when she led, until last year, the agency’s air office. EPA officials are currently working through the more than 15,000 comments on the proposal. “I have heard loud and clear that you don’t think we hit that right,” she said at the NASDA meeting, promising that the final measure will be “in a shape that you will see that we have listened to your comments,” and that will continue to move the biofuels industry forward.
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Largest federal union slams Obama over agency cuts

Emily Yehle, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 5, 2014

“My question to you Mr. President is, ‘What has changed?'” wrote John O’Grady, president of the AFGE chapter representing about 1,000 EPA Region 5 workers. “You had pledged to pursue ‘greater funding for the EPA so that its responsibilities are carried out.’ Instead, your representatives at EPA have disinvested in important programs that protected the public and environment.” [ read more … ]

Vehicle emissions per passenger hit record low in November

Daniel Bush, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 5, 2014

Average monthly vehicle emissions per U.S. driver reached a record low in November, according to new data. The average new car buyer produced 21 percent less greenhouse gas emissions in November 2013 than in October 2007, according to a study released today by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute. The record reflects fuel efficiency improvements adopted by automakers in response to consumer demand and strict standards put in place by the Obama administration. [ read more … ]

The Seeds of a New Generation

By MICHAEL MOSS, New York Times  •    •  Posted February 5, 2014

John D. Jackson lives in the heart of the Corn Belt, where most of the corn has nothing to do with sweet kernels on the cob. His farm in Southern Illinois typically grows field corn, the high-starch variety that is turned into ethanol and cattle feed. He also works as a logistics manager for Archer Daniels Midland, the agricultural giant that produces the other big artifact of this crop: high fructose corn syrup. [ read more … ]

Senate sends farm bill to Obama

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 5, 2014

The Senate passed the farm bill yesterday in a 68-32 vote, sending the massive five-year reauthorization of farm and nutrition programs to the president’s desk. Forty-six Democrats, 20 Republicans and two independents voted for the final bill, a conference report negotiated by agriculture leaders in the House and Senate. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation into law. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee leaders cheered the vote, which caps three years of work. [ read more … ]

Renewable Energy Group marks $13.2 million investment into Newton plant

by Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted February 5, 2014

Renewable Energy Group marked its $13.2 million investment today into its Newton biodiesel plant, a move that’s expected to expand the raw materials that can be used and improve the quality of the fuel produced. “This investment shows our continuing confidence in biodiesel for the long-term,” said Daniel Oh, the Ames-based company’s CEO. “It furthers our efforts to enhance our lower-cost, multi-feedstock biodiesel business by continuing to broaden our customer base and provide more options for our customers to choose from.” [ read more … ]

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