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USDA’S Censky Returning to ASA

After serving as the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture since 2017, the man who led the American Soybean Association for 21 years is returning to familiar territory. Stephen Censky is leaving USD... Read More

House expected to pass Peterson led SRE provisions

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce this week released legislation containing provisions to provide transparency into the Environmental Protection Agency’s granting of small refinery exemptions. The provisions stem from legislation by Hou... Read More

Wine caucus seeks CFAP funding for wine producers

A group of lawmakers want the Department of Agriculture to include wine grape producers in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The Congressional Wine Caucus, a group of lawmakers representing wine-producing states, sent the request to Agricul... Read More

Brazil tariff rate quota for ethanol extended for 90 days

Brazil’s tariff rate quota for ethanol has been extended for an additional 90 days, starting September 14. After expiring on August 31, a 20 percent tariff was temporarily applied to all U.S. ethanol. U.S. corn and ethanol groups expressed disap... Read More

EPA sides with farmers on ethanol, rejects refinery waivers

Federal regulators have handed a victory to corn farmers by refusing to allow a group of petroleum refiners in 14 states to forego requirements to blend ethanol into the gasoline they make. Members of Congress from farm states have heavily lobbied... Read More

Branstad stepping down as U.S. Ambassador to China

Terry Branstad, U.S. Ambassador to China, will step down to work on the Donald Trump re-election campaign. Reuters reports sources familiar with the matter cite Branstad’s popularity in Iowa, having served there as governor for over two decades, as... Read More

SREs hurt biodiesel as much as ethanol

The effect of Small Refinery Waivers on ethanol has been well documented in recent months, but those exemptions have been equally hard on biodiesel. “We need to keep defending our position and ensuring that small refinery exemptions quit happeni... Read More

FCA issues report on economic conditions in agriculture

The Farm Credit Agency issued its quarterly report during the week of Sept. 7, on the economic conditions in American agriculture. The report noted for the past several years, government payments have played an important role in the farm economy and ... Read More

Peterson wants confirmation EPA will reject SREs

House Ag Committee Chair Collin Peterson said recently he’s seen nothing in writing that President Donald Trump told the Environmental Protection Agency to reject any small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuels Standard. The Hagstrom Rep... Read More

Just Days Left To Comment On  FTC’s “Made in USA Labeling Rule”

On July 15, 2020 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a proposed rule making titled “Made in USA Labeling Rule.” In its rule, the FTC proposes to strengthen its Made in USA labeling requirements to reserve the USA label only for products in ... Read More

Ethanol Coalition Welcomes Reports of ‘Gap-Year’ Waiver Petition Denials, Denounces Refiners’ Supreme Court Petition

Sioux Falls, SD – The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), National Farmers Union (NFU) and American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) today welcomed news reports that President Trump has directed the Environme... Read More