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NEWS UPDATE February 14, 2012

Chinese VP to visit Iowa to discuss agriculture

Randi Reeder  •  Iowa State Daily  •  Posted February 14, 2012

China’s Vice President Xi Jinping — the likely successor to the country’s presidency within the year — is meeting President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday to help resolve differences related to business and agriculture. Later in the week, Xi will visit Iowa to attend a first-ever U.S.-China agricultural symposium on Thursday in Des Moines. Secretary of Agriculture and former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack developed this forum for Xi and other Chinese and U.S. officials to discuss agriculture, food security, food safety and other related topics. [ read more … ]

Supply-demand crunch pinching ethanol industry

  •  Associated Press  •  Posted February 14, 2012

Falling fuel demand, an ethanol oversupply and high corn costs could lead some Midwest biorefineries to cut back or idle production until profit margins improve, industry analysts say. [ read more … ]

California asks appeals court to lift ban on low-carbon fuel standard

Debra Kahn  •  E&E  •  Posted February 14, 2012

California regulators have asked a federal appeals court to lift the injunction on their low-carbon fuels program. The Air Resources Board filed a motion in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, arguing that a delay in its program to lower the carbon content of transportation fuels would hurt the public as well as fuel producers that are making investments in alternative fuels. [ read more … ]

Farmer subsidies targeted; renewable energy emphasized in President’s Budget

Amanda Peterka  •  E&E  •  Posted February 14, 2012

President Obama today proposed to eliminate direct farmer payments, cap a popular conservation program and extend disaster assistance to farmers in its $154.5 billion budget for the Department of Agriculture. The proposed budget for fiscal 2013 would provide almost $23 billion in discretionary funding, a 3 percent decrease from the levels enacted in 2012. The proposal reflects priorities in renewable energy, utilities, research, infrastructure and rural housing and development, the administration said. [ read more … ]

Flat DOE budget proposal has extra spending for renewables, research, efficiency programs

atie Howell and Hannah Northey  •  E&E  •  Posted February 14, 2012

The request maintains Obama’s previous priorities of investing heavily in clean and renewable energy research and development while slimming down budgets for traditional energy research programs. [ read more … ]

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