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Indiana Farm Leaders on Importance of NAFTA
February 20, 2018 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Andy Eubank (Hoosier Ag Today)  … “There are a lot of positives of NAFTA as it relates to agriculture in Indiana; and all throughout the value chain and economy we would feel the impact should …

Expected Drop in Farm Income Highlights Need for Biofuels, RFS
February 19, 2018 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA’s February 2018 Farm Income Forecast predicts net farm income will decline by or 6.7 percent this year. According to Growth Energy, the expected drop underscores the need for …

Energy Programs Should Be Fully Funded and Enhanced in the 2018 Farm Bill
February 13, 2018 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Gilpin, Jordan Blanchard, and Cindy Thyfault (National Rural Lenders Association/Biofuels Digest)  There has been a keen focus the last few weeks for President Trump and the USDA with the release of the Task Force on Agriculture …

Trump Seeks to Cut Energy Department Loan, Research Programs
February 12, 2018 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  The Trump administration Monday proposed significantly slashing a handful of controversial loan and research programs at the Department of Energy (DOE).
The cuts to programs meant to help develop innovative energy technologies, …

Biodiesel Tax Credit Back in US Budget Deal
February 9, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, the US Congress passed its budget deal, and among the items in the deal was a retroactive restoration of the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit for 2017. The …

American Energy Dominance Won’t Come from Turning Back the Clock
February 8, 2018 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Mike Carr (The Hill/New Energy America)  President Trump has pledged a theme of “energy dominance.” It’s not the first time Washington has had this thought. During the years I worked at the Senate Energy and Natural …

Grassley: RFS Has Minimal Impact on Success of Refineries
February 6, 2018 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has released a memo produced by his energy policy staff that finds that Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements and the cost of renewable identification numbers (RINs) …

Rural Areas Have High Expectations for Trump’s Infrastructure Plan – DTN
February 2, 2018 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (AGFAX) President Donald Trump set out an agenda during the State of Union address on Tuesday that includes a plan to upgrade the nation’s infrastructure.

The Trump plan calls for about $200 billion in …

Broin Brings E15 Message to Pence Summit at Trump Hotel
February 2, 2018 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

(The Fence Post/Hagstrom Report)  Jeff Broin, founder and CEO of POET, the South Dakota company that builds and manages ethanol plants, brought his view that the government needs to authorize the sale of E15 blend year-round …

Refiner Bankruptcy Adds to Pressure to Overhaul Biofuel Program
February 1, 2018 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Biofuel mandate overhaul mulled by Congress after bankruptcy; Unions and Pennsylvania politicians seek immediate action  —  The bankruptcy of Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC, the biggest refiner on the U.S. East Coast, has invigorated efforts …

Reaction to President Trump’s SOTU
January 31, 2018 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  President Donald Trump did mention energy in his first State of the Union address, albeit briefly.
“We have ended the war on American energy, and we have ended the war on beautiful clean coal,” …

Ag Secretary to Roll out Farm Bill & Legislative Principles in Pennsylvania
January 24, 2018 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin State Farmer)  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will be in Pennsylvania Wednesday, Jan. 24 to roll out the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Bill and legislative principles for 2018.  READ MORE
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue pulls …

RFA’s 2018 Biofuel Priorities to Help ‘Make America Great Again’
January 23, 2018 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … This new era of getting our country back on track has and will continue to extend into the biofuels industry, making sure we are providing the cleanest, lowest-cost and …

Soaring SUV Sales Drive Record-Low Carbon Emissions, EPA Says
January 22, 2018 – 8:24 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner) … “Sport utility vehicles reached record-high market share, while also achieving record-low CO2 emissions and record high fuel economy,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s report on model-year 2016 vehicles’ …

Trump and the Military Are at Odds on Climate Change
January 22, 2018 – 9:21 am | No Comment

by Sean Mowbray (Pacific Standard)  While the Trump administration has largely rejected climate change as an issue, the Department of Defense and Congress have identified it as a major potential threat to national security.  —  … On …

Pressure Builds for Trump to Change Federal Ethanol Mandate
January 20, 2018 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Debra J. Saunders (Tampa Bay Newspapers)  … But now free-market conservative groups and oil-state Republicans are pushing the administration to cut the corn cord.
For Ken Cuccinelli of the conservative group FreedomWorks, it’s a moral issue. …

My Voice: A ‘Swing and a Miss’ from the USDA
January 18, 2018 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Doug Sombke (Argus Leader/South Dakota Farmers Union)  Our esteemed U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released a report of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. While it is hard to get excited over any government …

U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Push Trump, Congress to Raise the Gas Tax to Fund Infrastructure
January 17, 2018 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by John Wagner (Washington Post)  With President Trump and Congress turning their attention to infrastructure in the coming weeks, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is preparing for an uphill battle: a push to raise the federal …

California-Trump Administration Fuel-Efficiency Talks Intensify
January 17, 2018 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters) California and the Trump administration will hold a series of new talks over fuel efficiency rules as the auto industry still hopes for a deal to retain nationwide requirements.
Officials from the California …

RFS Standstill — Dinneen: Oil, Ethanol Meetings Not Scheduled Yet, Likely Not Constructive
January 14, 2018 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  President Donald Trump’s administration and some members of Congress want oil and ethanol interests to just get along and work out their differences on the Renewable Fuel Standard. But …

RFS Roundup: Economists Largely Agree RINs Not Wreaking Havoc on Refining Industry
January 14, 2018 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … The argument is roughly – increased biofuels mandates lead RINs to spike in cost, translating to billions in compliance costs, particularly for small refiners. While somewhat logical, …

U.S. Regulators Meet with California on Fate of Vehicle Fuel Rules
January 12, 2018 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  Senior U.S. government officials held talks in recent weeks with California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) to discuss the goal of maintaining one set of national requirements for automakers, a move that will …

2017 Wrap-Up: Maintaining the Status Quo
January 5, 2018 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  Last year was among the most active and interesting years we’ve seen in the biofuels space. The industry has confronted multiple challenges over the past 12 months, culminating in …

ANALYSIS-Can’t Please Everyone: Trump Energy Policy Riles Competing Sectors
January 5, 2018 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Gardner  (Reuters)  … Another political flashpoint has been the administration’s waffling over proposed changes to biofuels policy.
Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency initially entertained a plan from oil refiners to upend regulations requiring them to blend …

What Exactly Is a RIN?
January 4, 2018 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

(Southern Farm Network Today)  Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently proposed to put a cap on the price of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) as a way to control the cost for refiners that blend renewable fuels into …

Grassley Marks Policy, Oversight Accomplishments in 2017
January 4, 2018 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(North Iowa Today)  Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa marked a series of policy and oversight accomplishments in 2017.  …  Grassley introduced the Food Security is National Security Act of 2017, which would give top U.S. agriculture and food officials …

Rick Santorum: Refiners Attack President Trump at Their Peril
January 3, 2018 – 8:39 pm | No Comment

by Rick Santorum (Washington Examiner/Americans for Energy Security and Innovation)  … But some petroleum companies seem to be taking their influence for granted, and that could prove their undoing with a White House that is known …

Big Oil Misleading Iowans Again
January 3, 2018 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Monty Shaw (Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Des Moines Register)  About a year ago, an Iowa front group for Big Oil tried to trick former state legislators into signing letters to the editor that sounded “pro-ethanol” but …

Cruz Taps Texas Mistrust of Ethanol
January 3, 2018 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)  Attack on federal biofuels mandate provides chance to appeal to base  —  … But for the junior senator, facing re-election this year as Democrats show new swagger in the age of Trump, ethanol …

Schneiderman Backs Carbon Tax
December 27, 2017 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

 New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman became the first New York statewide elected official to back a carbon tax this week, POLITICO New York’s Danielle Muoio reports. “That includes passing legislation to dramatically reduce greenhouse …

Cruz Proposal Could Harm Corn Ethanol, Analysis Finds
December 26, 2017 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN/KTIC)  Capping the price of biofuel credits at 10 cents would essentially eliminate the Renewable Fuel Standard mandate for biodiesel and possibly hurt corn-based ethanol, according to an analysis by farmdoc at the …

Top 17 for 2017
December 26, 2017 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  2017 was a roller coaster year. There was a paradigm shift in biofuels, technology advancements, innovations abounded, politics chaotic. Some companies shut down and disappeared like the Hobo vanishing in …

Ex-Industry Lobbyists Win Top Jobs in Agencies They Once Fought
December 22, 2017 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Jesse Hamilton (Bloomberg)  … In his first year as president, Trump studded his cabinet with people who previously fought to undermine what some see as the traditional missions of the agencies …

GAO to Look at Social Cost of Carbon
December 22, 2017 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Arianna Skibell (E&E News) An independent government watchdog has agreed to examine how the Trump administration uses the social cost of carbon, the metric used to calculate the impact of greenhouse gas emissions. READ MORE
WATCHDOG …

The Biofuels Industry Reacts to White House RFS Meetings
December 22, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  President Trump has hosted two meetings in recent weeks with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and others focused on the Renewable Fuel Standard and renewable identification numbers (RINs). Those representing the …

Trump Signs Executive Order to Expand Critical Minerals Production, Says It Will End America’s ‘Vulnerability’
December 21, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin (Washington Post) President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday instructing his deputies to devise “a strategy to reduce the Nation’s reliance on critical minerals” that are largely imported and used to produce everything from smartphones to weaponry.

Interior …

4 Ways Chicago Can Lead the Climate Change Fight
December 21, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Howard A. Learner (Crain’s Chicago Business/Environmental Law & Policy Center)  … The recent North American Climate Summit here brought together 50-plus mayors to sign the Chicago Climate Charter, committing to take initiatives to help meet …

U.S. Midwest Lawmakers Will Consider Biofuel Changes to Help Refiners
December 14, 2017 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw  (Reuters) U.S. lawmakers from states that produce corn for ethanol plants said on Wednesday they would consider proposals from Senator Ted Cruz of Texas to help the oil refining industry cope with the nation’s …

Attacks on RFS Intensify
December 12, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News) Oil interests are intensifying efforts to force changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  …  “Texas is already blending more than 9.7 percent!  Nationally, we’re blending more than 10 percent.  There’s …

White House Pressures Big Corn to Meet on U.S. Biofuels Policy
December 11, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Richard Valdmanis and Jarrett Renshaw  (Reuters)  President Donald Trump’s administration called two lawmakers from the U.S. corn belt to convince them to join talks about potential changes to biofuels policy to ease the burden on oil refineries, …

The Washington Swamp Is Filled with Ethanol
December 8, 2017 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Peter Z. Grossman (Washington Examiner)  … People forget how we wound up with an ethanol mandate worth over $20 billion per year (and that doesn’t include various subsidies). EISA was passed because Americans besieged members of Congress, …

Trump Open to Biofuel Policy Reform, Senators Say after Meeting
December 8, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Susan Cornwell (Reuters)  U.S. President Donald Trump is open to reforming the country’s biofuels policy if it can be done in a way that protects jobs in both the refining and agriculture industries, senators said on …

Renewable Fuel Standards Have Some ‘Leaks’ We Need to Fill
December 5, 2017 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Andrew F. Quinlan ( Center for Freedom and Prosperity/The Hill)  … A refiner must earn RIN credits to meet its annual obligation by selling enough gallons of biofuel or by purchasing them — the credits, not the …

Trump Plans to Meet Oil Industry Reps on U.S. Biofuel Policy: Sources
December 1, 2017 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw, Richard Valdmanis (Reuters)  U.S. President Donald Trump has agreed to meet with representatives of the oil refining industry and their legislative backers to discuss the nation’s biofuels program, according to two sources briefed on …

Drivers May Bear the Brunt of U.S. Biofuel Quotas
November 28, 2017 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Laura Blewitt (Bloomberg)  With higher blend credit prices come stronger gasoline margins; Refiners likely to pass higher costs at the pump: Wells Fargo  —  … Despite the petroleum lobby’s efforts, the Environmental Protection Agency last week rejected a petition …

Who’s Been Naughty and Who’s Been Nice?
November 27, 2017 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With the holiday season in full swing, we know Santa’s working on his list; who’s been naughty and who’s been nice? This is Washington, D.C., so you know …

Biofuels Score Victory: EPA Rejects Petitions to Change Point of Obligation in RFS
November 27, 2017 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rejected several petitions to change the point of obligation in the Renewable Fuel Standard in a notice released on Wednesday ahead of a posting …

President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Additions to His Administration
November 22, 2017 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

(White House)  President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration:
Phyllis L. Bayer of Mississippi to be an Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installations, Energy, …

For First Time, Biodiesel Leadership Weighs In With President Trump on RFS, Calls out Contradictions in Refiners’ Arguments
November 16, 2017 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  NBB’s Governing Board Members Emphasize That Growth in RFS Volumes is Needed  —  Today the executive leadership of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) sent a letter to President Trump regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard …

Struggling Philadelphia Refiner Sells Biofuel Credits, Raises Cash: Sources
November 15, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw, Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Oil refiner Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) has raised tens of millions of dollars in cash by selling U.S. biofuels credits in recent weeks, according to sources familiar with the transactions, an …

Delaware, Regional Leaders Take on Trump’s EPA
November 14, 2017 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Scott Goss (The News Journal/DelawareOnline)  Delaware City Refinery rally to call on President Trump to fix the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and protect well-paying jobs for East Coast refiners and manufacturing workers. 
Area oil refineries, union …

U.S. Producers Object to 20% Import Tariffs Imposed by Brazil Protest Comes month after Trump Intervened to Support Industry
November 13, 2017 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker and Fabiana Batista (Bloomberg)  … American ethanol producers said Thursday in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that they’re seeking Brazil’s suspension from a trade program allowing duty-free imports into the U.S. The …

Mail Call! Thanks, Mr. President!
November 9, 2017 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) A group of advanced biofuel producers, including ethanol giants Archer Daniels Midland and POET, sent a letter to Trump thanking him for past support of the ethanol industry and …

U.S. Subpoenas Icahn Over Biofuel Action While Trump Adviser
November 9, 2017 – 9:50 am | No Comment

by Miles Weiss, Jennifer A Dlouhy, and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  U.S. Attorney for Southern District of N.Y. seeks information; Icahn Enterprises discloses request in securities filing  —  Federal investigators have issued subpoenas for information on Carl Icahn’s efforts …

Stop Me if You’ve Heard This Before — Kathleen Hartnett White’s Nomination
November 7, 2017 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) Two corn-state Republican EPW senators – Deb Fischer and Joni Ernst – are publicly undecided about Kathleen Hartnett White’s nomination to run the White House Council on Environmental Quality after …

US EPA Sends Final RFS Volumes to White House for Review
November 6, 2017 – 8:02 pm | No Comment

by Brian Scheid (Platts)  The US Environmental Protection Agency has sent for review the final renewable fuel volume standards for 2018 and biomass based diesel volume for 2019, making it likely that the agency will release …

Team Ethanol Fires Back
November 6, 2017 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) If Trump watches the ads on Fox & Friends, then he’s getting an earful on the Renewable Fuels Standard these days. Starting today and through the Nov. 20, Fuels …

Massive Government Report Says Climate Is Warming And Humans Are The Cause
November 6, 2017 – 9:20 am | No Comment

by Christopher Joyce (NPR)  It is “extremely likely” that human activities are the “dominant cause” of global warming, according to the most comprehensive study ever of climate science by U.S. government researchers.
The climate report, obtained by …

Our Editorial: End the Ethanol Mandate
October 30, 2017 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

(Detroit News)  …  His (Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)) defense of the mandates was as a jobs program.
That’s a poor basis for energy policy, and the president was wrong to cave..
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had proposed only …

Biodiesel and the Ever-Changing Political Landscape
October 30, 2017 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Industry stakeholders and legal experts discuss the recent RFS court ruling, the ongoing U.S. trade cases against Argentina and Indonesia, and the biodiesel tax credit in context of U.S. EPA’s Notice …

Trump Is Fulfilling His Promises on Ethanol
October 30, 2017 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Wall Street Journal)  President Trump is faithfully sticking to his campaign promise to “do all that is in my power as president” to achieve the goals of the Renewable Fuel Standard. …

Rising Seas Are Flooding Virginia’s Naval Base, and There’s No Plan to Fix It
October 30, 2017 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Nicholas Kusnetz (InsideClimate News)  The giant naval base at Norfolk is under threat by rising seas and sinking land, but little is being done to hold back the tides.   —  … Naval Station Norfolk, home to the …

The Energy 202: Trump Administration Stuck between Two GOP Sides on Ethanol
October 27, 2017 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Dino Grandoni (Washington Post)  The Environmental Protection Agency, in its ambitious effort to roll back the previous administration’s energy and environmental policies, has had a significant stumble with Republicans lawmakers. On both sides of the ethanol …

Trump Tells EPA to Boost Biofuels After Iowa Uproar
October 19, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A Dlouhy , Jennifer Jacobs, Ari Natter (Bloomberg)  Market for biofuel credits rebounds after lawmakers weigh in; Iowa governor says Trump affirms commitment to biofuel program
President Donald Trump intervened personally with the Environmental Protection Agency amid pressure from Republicans in …

Heard on the Floor at ABLC Next 2017: Fulcrum Prices Bonds, GOP Governors’ Pro-Biofuels March on DC
October 19, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the biggest news sweeping the floor at ABLC Next 2017 and perhaps the biggest industrial biotechnology update of 2017, the long-awaited financing is approaching completion for Fulcrum Bioenergy’s highly-anticipated …

Pruitt’s Charm Offensive Has Few Actual Promises
October 18, 2017 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Seven corn-state Republican senators emerged smiling from what they deemed a “good” meeting with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Tuesday but they got no concrete policy promises on the Renewable …

Republican Governors Express Concern to President Trump Over EPA Actions on RFS
October 17, 2017 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  “We Were Drawn to Your Explicit Promises to Our Farmers… But Now We Are Concerned”  —  Today four Republican Governors sent a letter to President Trump with concerns on the recently proposed changes to …

ABFA Sends Letter to President Trump Opposing Proposed Decreases to 2018 RVOs
October 17, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels Association)  On October 13, members of the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) sent a letter to President Trump expressing their opposition to the proposals in the EPA’s October 4th  Notice of Data Availability (NODA), which requests …

Randy Krehbiel: Did Scott Pruitt Just Declare War on Renewables?
October 12, 2017 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Randy Krehbiel (Tulsa World)  Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt may have declared an end to the “war on coal” earlier this week, but what some consider Pruitt’s own war on alternative energy seems to …

Trump Tramples GOP Loyalty with Anti-Iowa Positions on Health Care, Energy
October 10, 2017 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Kathie Obradovich (Des Moines Register)  …  Trump, while campaigning in Iowa, pledged to protect the RFS, which sets the minimum volume of renewable energy that must be part of the transportation fuels sold in the United …

Refiners Make America-First Pitch to Cut Biofuels
October 4, 2017 – 10:56 am | No Comment

(Argus Media)  US independent refiners seized on protectionist themes and two key biofuel industry victories this year to argue regulators must reduce federally mandated blending of renewable fuels.
Refiners framed a US-first pitch to slash more than …

Grassley Floor Speech Criticizes EPA Proposal to Reduce RFS RVOs
October 3, 2017 – 9:48 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Sept. 26, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, delivered a floor speech to the U.S. Senate expressing his disappointment in recent action taken by the U.S. EPA that could reduce 2018 …

Biofuel Advocates: President Trump Should Keep Commitment to the RFS
October 3, 2017 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Sara Wyant (Agri-Pulse) … In July, EPA proposed to reduce the total 2018 RFS renewable fuel blending requirements below the levels required in 2017. In late September, the agency said it was considering further reductions …

Trump’s Bait-And-Switch On The Renewable Fuel Standard
September 26, 2017 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Paul Alexander (Huffington Post)  … “Now it is time for action,” Monte Shaw, IRFA executive director, said following Trump’s Iowa appearance. “President Trump’s EPA needs to release the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard volumes for 2018. That proposal …

Icahn’s Oil Refiner CVR Starts Unwinding Biofuels Bet
September 20, 2017 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Carl Icahn’s refining company CVR Energy (CVI.N) has begun buying biofuel credits for the first time in months, a sign the firm is starting to unwind a massive …

EPA Stops Work on Airline Emissions Standards
September 20, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Summit County Citizens Voice)  Agency’s move could violate federal environmental laws  —  A little more than a year after determining that greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft are a threat to public health, the EPA has …

Trade Agreement Changes Are Destroying Ag Market Opportunities
September 18, 2017 – 8:10 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Rohwer (Paullina/Des Moines Register)  To accommodate the bounty Iowa’s farmland produces, we farmers need every market and marketing opportunity that exists. Domestically, our No. 1 demand is our livestock, followed by our biofuel …

U.S. EPA Chief Denies Icahn Influence in Biofuel Regulation
September 13, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici  (Reuters) Investor Carl Icahn never wielded excessive influence on U.S. biofuels policy while acting as President Donald Trump’s adviser on regulation, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said in a letter to a …

Donald Trump Ignores Biodiesel and the Loyal Voters behind It
September 11, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Lindsey Rae Gjording (DW) The Midwest vote helped elect Trump, but his campaign promises to defend ethanol have fallen short. Farmers struggle to get by with declining crop sales and outpricing from larger oil firms and …

China, Brazil Spark Global Trade War over Biofuels — Ethanol Leaders Expect Trump to Return Fire
September 6, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by  Ben Wolfgang (The Washington Times)  Throughout his campaign, President Trump voiced unwavering support for U.S. ethanol. Now that he’s in the White House, industry leaders say it’s time for Mr. Trump to back up his …

Pruitt’s EPA Undermines Cellulosic Biofuels and Transparency in Government
August 31, 2017 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Martin (Union of Concerned Scientists)  As the New York Times recently reported, the EPA Administrator Pruitt has been conducting much of his work to undermine the EPA’s mission in secret.  The recent proposed rule …

Press Release: Update 1: Trump Will Stand by Ethanol Industry-Republican Iowa Senator
August 31, 2017 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

(Reuters/ Successful Farming)  … Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa said on Twitter on  Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump told him he is “pro ethanol” and will stand by a campaign promise to support the ethanol industry. 
“He assured …

All Eyes on Energy
August 28, 2017 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Keith Loria  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The 2014 Farm Bill—otherwise known as the Agricultural Act of 2014—places a larger emphasis on energy than past farm bills have. It includes the most recent version of the …

Failure to Set Cost of Carbon Hampers Trump’s Effort to Expand Use of Fossil Fuels
August 28, 2017 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Revkin (ProPublica) The Trump administration plans to sharply reduce the government’s estimate of how much each ton of carbon emissions harms the planet. It hasn’t done so yet, and that delay is slowing Trump’s …

Special Report: Refiner Valero’s Secret Campaign against U.S. Biofuels Mandates
August 21, 2017 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  … As part of an extensive behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign, Valero played a key role in bringing these people and groups together around a policy proposal that could save the refiner hundreds of …

How Fossil Fuel Money Made Climate Change Denial the Word of God
August 9, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Brendan O’Connor (Splinter News/Special Projects Desk of Gizmodo Media Group)  In 2005, at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., the National Association of Evangelicals was on the verge of doing something novel: affirming science. …

Trump Might Start an Ethanol Trade War With Brazil
August 8, 2017 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker and Fabiana Batista (Bloomberg)  Brazil weighing tariffs on imports made from U.S. grain; Hedge funds cut corn holdings, get less bearish on sugar  —  President Donald Trump’s America First rhetoric is doing no …

EPA Will Reject Change that Trump Backer Icahn Sought
August 3, 2017 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Eric Wolff (Politico)  The Trump administration plans to reject a proposal that would let oil refiners off the hook for complying with the federal ethanol mandate, a senior administration official told POLITICO, dashing the …

Make-Ready: Decision Time at the Bioeconomy’s Gettysburg
August 2, 2017 – 9:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts are the headliners in a battle in and about Washington DC this week. You can call it what you want: it’s …

Assessing the Pulse of the Next Farm Bill Debate
August 1, 2017 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Carl Zulauf, Gary Schnitkey, David Orden (FarmDocDaily)   Thirteen agricultural economists put together short papers describing issues that will surface during the writing of the next farm bill. For each issue, the author describes the “policy …

A Push for Low-Carbon Fuels Pays off in California
July 21, 2017 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Robert F. Service (Science Magazine)  Long a leader in environmental regulation, California is pushing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from automotive fuels. At the center of this effort is the state’s low carbon fuel standard …

Trump’s Pitch for U.S. ‘Energy Dominance’ Is Dominated by Misleading Claims
June 29, 2017 – 8:20 pm | No Comment

by  Steven Mufson and Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  The White House has branded this week “energy week,” rolling out a buzzword, “dominance,” and replaying lines from last year’s Trump campaign in an effort to …

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Says President Trump’s Remarks Supporting Biofuels Show Need For Administration Action
June 26, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Journal)   On June 21, in his remarks to Iowa ag leaders at Kirkwood Community College and again at his Cedar Rapids rally, President Donald Trump reiterated his support for American renewable fuels.

Today, Iowa …

Trump’s Comments Please Ethanol Industry
June 23, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The ethanol industry was thrilled with President Donald Trump’s visit to Iowa this week where he put agriculture and biofuels in the spotlight.
“We’re here today to talk about how we’re going …

Coalition Promises ‘Vigorous’ Legal Action to Maintain Vehicle Emissions Standards
June 15, 2017 – 10:09 am | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  Leading a coalition of 13 attorneys general and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has given notice to the Trump administration that any effort …

Trump and the EPA Should Stay Out of Point of Obligation Fight
June 9, 2017 – 7:53 pm | No Comment

by Gary Baise  (OFW Law/Morning Consult)  … Like the EPA, the vast majority of the liquid fuel industry is also strongly opposed to shifting the RFS point of obligation for a variety of regulatory and economic reasons. …

U.S. Airlines Affirm Aviation Emissions Deal after Trump’s Paris Pullout
June 7, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Allison Lampert and Victoria Bryan (Reuters)  U.S. airlines on Tuesday affirmed their support for a plan to curb emissions from flights, under review by the administration of President Donald Trump who recently decided to …

Corn Ethanol Faces Its Limits under EPA Fuel Mandate
June 5, 2017 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  Corn ethanol has reached its official limit under the Environmental Protection Agency’s renewable fuel program, which means other less-developed, low-carbon fuels will have to step up to fill a 21 …

Responding to Trump: The New Economies of Pittsburgh…and Paris and Paris and Paris
June 5, 2017 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Where Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto joined the mayors of more than 175 cities in a rebel yell that has been heard nationwide since President Trump pulled out of the Paris …

Trump’s Withdrawal from Paris Is Bad News for the ICAO Emissions Deal
June 2, 2017 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Aaron Karp (Air Transport World)  I expect to hear a lot of talk over the coming days, particularly at the IATA AGM in Cancun that starts June 4, about how the Paris climate agreement …

The Energy 202: Trump Administration Has New Energy Buzzword
May 26, 2017 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Dino Grandoni (The Washington Post)  In the Trump administration, “energy dominance” has replaced “energy independence” as the go-to phrase for describing the federal government’s broad energy goals — in President Trump’s case, to promote as …

Billionaire Carl Icahn Reaps $60 Million as Trump Adviser
May 25, 2017 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg/Southwest Farm Press)  Government work has paid off handsomely for billionaire Carl Icahn.  CVR Energy Inc., his oil refining company, saved about $60 million in the first quarter because of expectations that …

USDA Bioenergy Programs Gutted in 2018 Trump Budget: The Digest’s 7-Minute Guide
May 25, 2017 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Rural Business Service to shut down; BCAP, REAP, loan guarantees gone; food stamps, crop insurance slashed. Want to understand what USDA is targeting, cutting, growing or eliminating — but don’t have …

Trump’s Proposed Budget Includes Cuts to EPA, DOE and USDA
May 24, 2017 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  President Donald Trump has released his proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which includes $3.6 trillion in cuts. According to the White House, the reductions are the most proposed …

Renewables Nuked; Nukes Renewed: Bioenergy Slashed 69% as US DOE Budget Gets Detail; The Digest’s 7-Minute Guide to the DOE Budget
May 24, 2017 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Department of Energy submitted a request for a $1.433B cut, or 69.3 percent to the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy annual budget, and targeted a $168.4M …

USGC, NCGA Weigh in on Plan to Renegotiate NAFTA
May 23, 2017 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Trump Administration has announced plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. In response, U.S. Grains Council and National Corn Growers Association are speaking out to remind …

Senate Deregulatory Push Picks Up
May 17, 2017 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)   After months of the House passing bills taking shots at the regulatory reform process, the Senate today kicks off its own overhaul efforts in earnest with a Homeland Security …

Helping Trump Help Bioenergy
May 17, 2017 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by Douglas L. Faulkner (Cleantech Conservative/Biofuels Digest)  … The Trump Administration’s two recent Executive Orders on “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” and especially, “Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America” (March 28 & April 25, …

Icahn’s Pig in a Poke
May 11, 2017 – 9:38 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  Members of the U.S. Senate are questioning whether Carl Icahn’s lobbying to change the Renewable Fuel Standard creates an ethics conflict with his role as advisor in the …

Perdue Pushes RFS, Beef Exports in Iowa Speech
May 8, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by  Spencer Chase and Ben Nuelle  (Agri-Pulse)  … Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue highlighted the benefits of renewable energy and the need for export markets in a Friday speech to Iowa producers.
The speech was billed as Perdue’s …

The Digest’s Complete March Madness Webinars Available Online
May 5, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest’s Complete March Madness webinars – 700+ slides available for your on-demand review.  —  The Digest’s March Madness series – 20 webinars covering the hottest topics as selected by …

Boating Leaders Ask Trump to Change Ethanol Policy
May 4, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Todd Masson (NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)  Boating and fishing industry leaders sent a letter to President Donald Trump Wednesday asking the administration to reexamine the Renewable Fuel Standard that dictates how much of the …

The Fuels and Additives Market Adjusts Focus as Ethanol Repair Issues Become Less Prominent
May 2, 2017 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Brianna Liestman (Boating Industry)  … Issues related to tank compatibility with E10 have declined in the past years as many older systems and boats are being retired and replaced with new engines, which were built …

Trump Says He’d Consider Increasing the Gas Tax
May 2, 2017 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Damian Paletta (The Washington Post)  President Trump on Monday said he was open to raising the federal tax on gasoline and using the new revenue for his infrastructure package, a potentially major policy change as …

Trump Forms Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity
April 28, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Trump Administration released its “Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America” — and a report from the Interagency Task Force, something this order …

One Step Forward
April 26, 2017 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  … I can tell you firsthand that for the first time in four years, both House and Senate staff are pushing all stakeholders to come to the table to …

Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey Meets with Trump on Farm Issues
April 26, 2017 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Bartholomew D. Sullivan (USA TODAY/Des Moines Register)   Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey took the opportunity presented at a White House roundtable with President Donald Trump Tuesday afternoon to talk ethanol and said he …

Energy Interests Contributed $7 Million+ to Trump’s Inauguration
April 25, 2017 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by Yessenia Funes (ColorLines) Since taking office, the president has repealed many regulations impacting the fossil fuel industry. — … A smaller number of renewable energy companies contributed. Green Plains Renewable Energy, which specializes in ethanol …

Science Draws a Crowd
April 24, 2017 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  … Hundreds of thousands of people across the country (and internationally) gathered on Earth Day for the March for Science, defending the role of science in policy-making and protesting the Trump …

Intersecting Trends of Oil and Ethanol
April 24, 2017 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Patrick C. Miller (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Is the growth in shale oil production a potential boost for ethanol? The theory goes that because the light crude produced from fracked shale produces lower-octane gasoline, greater oil …

Capitol Crude: The US Oil Policy Podcast–Oil Refiners and Renewable Fuels in the Trump Era
April 24, 2017 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Brian Scheid and Meghan Gordon (Platts)  Have refiners’ hopes for a quick rollback of the US biofuel mandate by the Trump administration fizzled out? The industry judged two early appointments as signs of the president’s …

US VP Pence Celebrates Greenbelt Resources and Jababeka Infrastruktur Waste-to-Resources Project MOU Signing
April 21, 2017 – 9:50 am | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources/PR Newswire)  JababECO is the first U.S.-Indonesia municipal waste-to-bioproducts project  —  United States Vice President Mike Pence participated in a ceremony celebrating the signing of multiple Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) in Jakarta today, including …

Automakers Hope to Reach U.S. Deal on 2025 Vehicle Emissions
April 13, 2017 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters) A trade group for automakers said on Tuesday it hopes to reach a deal with California and the Trump administration over vehicle fuel efficiency standards.
Mitch Bainwol, chief executive of the Alliance of …

Exclusive: Inside Edge – Trump Advisor Icahn’s Big Bet against Biofuels Credits
April 12, 2017 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by  Chris Prentice and Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters/KFGO)  Billionaire investor Carl Icahn’s oil refining company, CVR Energy, made a massive bet in 2016 that prices for U.S. government biofuels credits would fall – just before Icahn …

Trump on Ethanol: Supportive, but Few Comments
April 11, 2017 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Patrick Anderson (Argus Leader)  President Donald Trump has never tweeted about ethanol.  In the course of tens of thousands of posts on his social media platform of choice, the president has posted about oil …

It’s Not the Tax, It’s the EPA.
April 10, 2017 – 10:46 pm | No Comment

by Ben Geman (Axios-Axios Generate) Axios’ Amy Harder asked an administration official about the prospects of a carbon tax, given that it has been rumored as a possible policy the White House could embrace. The official …

New Coalition Launches To Fight for US Renewable Fuel Standard
April 10, 2017 – 10:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Main Street Energy Alliance has launched to urge the Environmental Protection Agency to resist the efforts of a small group of special interests including Valero, Monroe Energy …

Nebraska Farmers Make the Case for Higher Blends of Ethanol
April 7, 2017 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Steve White (Nebraska.TV) Pres. Trump says he wants to end job–killing regulations on ethanol, and area farmers suggest a good place to start. “Allow E15 to be sold as normal gasoline, moving forward with that is …

Singular Focus … Waiting for EPA
April 6, 2017 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) Oil companies, gas station operators and other organizers of the just-launched Main Street Energy Alliance wanted to speak with a single voice in the intensifying wonky debate over which types …

White House Disavows Two Controversial Tax Ideas Hours after Officials Say They’re under Consideration
April 4, 2017 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Damian Paletta and Max Ehrenfreund (Washington Post)  The White House on Tuesday disavowed two controversial options for their planned overhaul of the tax code, after two Trump administration officials earlier in the day said …

Sizing Them Up
April 4, 2017 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Tim Portz (Biomass Magazine)  A close look at export data for wood pellets, fuel ethanol and biodiesel reveals a varying reliance on export markets for U.S. producers. —  The combined export value of wood …

White House Explores Two New Tax Ideas — A Value-Added Tax and Carbon Tax — As Leading Proposal to Raise Revenue Falters
April 4, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Damian Paletta and Max Ehrenfreund (Washington Post)  … But many economists view a VAT as a tax that disproportionately hurts lower-income workers, who typically benefit from a progressive income-tax system.
A carbon tax would target the …

Biodiesel Plant Manager Launches Petition to Reform US Tax Credit
April 4, 2017 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A biodiesel plant manager in Mississippi is doing his part to bring attention to the growing momentum to reinstate the expired $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit, and to reform the incentive …

FedEx CEO Backed by Generals Tries to Nudge Trump on Fuel Rules
April 4, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by John Lippert (Bloomberg)  Smith leads effort to position standards as security issue; Group calling for electric vehicles, U.S. oil production  —  To get Donald Trump to come around to tougher fuel-economy standards, a corporate titan …

Biofuels Exec Sees Growth in Exports, E-15
April 3, 2017 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Roy Leidahl (Missouri Farmer Today)  … “Science will win,” White (Robert White, vice president of industry relations at the Renewable Fuels Association) said in a speech at the Celebration of Agriculture here March 21. “Science …

Big Oil Could Be Ready for a Big Comeback
March 31, 2017 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Paul R. La Monica (CNN Money)  Oil prices are down so far this year — and so are energy stocks. But some experts think that won’t last for long. President Trump is clearly a fan of …

Moving the Point of Obligation Is the Latest Misguided Ploy to Undermine the RFS
March 30, 2017 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) (The Hill)  Six billion gallons. That is the approximate amount of ethanol produced in Iowa and Illinois each and every year. It is more than the …

Senators Press Icahn on White House Influence, Business Conflicts
March 28, 2017 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici  (Reuters)  Several Democratic senators pressed billionaire investor Carl Icahn on Monday to clarify his role as an adviser to President Donald Trump, saying his position in the administration raised “alarming” questions about potential …

CARB Finds Vehicle Standards Are Achievable and Cost-Effective
March 27, 2017 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(California Air Resources Board)  CARB votes to move forward with greenhouse gas reductions and zero emission programs through 2025; action sets the table for accelerating programs post-2025  —  Today (March 24, 2017) California re-affirmed its …

U.S. Oil Refiners Push for Biofuels Overhaul at White House
March 27, 2017 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  U.S. oil refining executives met with a senior official in President Donald Trump’s administration at the White House last week to argue their position for an overhaul of the nation’s biofuels …

Trump Loyalty to Rural Votes Under Scrutiny at Confirmation (1)
March 23, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg/Washington Post)  When Sonny Perdue III appears before a Senate panel Thursday for his confirmation hearing to become U.S. secretary of agriculture, lawmakers and farm groups will likely have few concerns about whether the former …

Carbon Tax Talk Exposes White House Factions
March 22, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  A friendly meeting at the White House with former secretary of State James Baker and fellow Republicans pushing a carbon tax has underscored the increasingly tense relationship between President …

Senators Urge Trump to Maintain RFS Point of Obligation
March 20, 2017 – 8:02 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Nearly two dozen U.S. senators have signed a letter advising President Trump not to change the federal biofuels program’s longtime compliance protocol.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., today led …

Icahn Bets against Renewables Market He Wants Trump to Overhaul
March 20, 2017 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Zachary Mider and Jennifer A Dlouhy  (Bloomberg)  Special adviser to president urges change in EPA rule; ‘It’s bothersome that one guy can control RIN markets’  —  Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor and adviser to President …

Big Bird, You’re Fired! And All of You Enviros, too! Trump Thumps, Dumps in New Budget
March 20, 2017 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Good-bye ARPA-E, DOE, Loan Guarantee program, Energy Star, OPIC, USTDA, NEA, and the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program. Even Big Bird gets the guillotine.  In Washington, the White House released …

Scientists Are Conspicuously Missing from Trump’s Government
March 14, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  President Trump has moved to fill just one of 46 key science and technology positions that help the government counter risks ranging from chemical and biological attacks to rising seas, a …

Cars Seen Missing U.S. Mileage Targets for First Time Since 2004
March 13, 2017 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Beene (Bloomberg)  Regulator report shows U.S. fleet to fall below mileage target; Results may feed debate over Obama auto-efficiency standards  —  Cars and light trucks from the 2016 model year will be the first …

Insights about Feedstock from the Advance Bioeconomy Leadership Conference
March 10, 2017 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Biofuels Digest’s Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference started with an afternoon ABLC Feedstock Summit at the US Department of Agriculture.  Three points jumped out.  The value of the farmers/growers perspective …

‘Purest Definition of a Conflict’: Icahn’s $126 Million Gain on Biofuel Deal Draws Criticism
March 8, 2017 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A Dlouhy, Ari Natter, and Bill Allison (Bloomberg)  Investor Carl Icahn is also unpaid adviser to White House; Value of Icahn CVR Energy stake grew after biofuel deal  —  Carl Icahn’s stake in a …

Trump Administration a Wild Card for Ethanol Industry
March 7, 2017 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Mike Hughlett (Star Tribune)  With production on the rise, there’s anxiety over unknown policy shifts.  —  …  While there are positive indicators for 2017 — corn prices are forecast to be stable and the …