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Day ahead – September 24, 2018: US-China tariffs, upcoming E15 announcement, USDA expands MFP payments

The US and China imposed new tariffs on each other's products in their latest trade war escalation. Meanwhile, an announcement on year-round E15 sales is again tipped as forthcoming and USDA announced an expansion of Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments along with other adjustments to its ag trade aid plan.

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Ethanol blend rates not affected by waivers: Study

A new study by University of Illinois economist Scott Irwin found that ethanol blend rates hadn’t budged when accounting for seasonal changes in consumption, despite the increase in refinery waivers that ethanol producers have said is undermining the biofuel mandate.

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Day ahead – September 17, 2018: Waiting on China tariff announcement, economic impact of tariffs, ethanol study

President Donald Trump may announce tariffs of about 10 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods as early as today. Meanwhile, US tariffs have yet to meaningfully affect the US economy according to forecasters surveyed by the Wall Street Journal and a new study found ethanol blend rates have been unaffected by small refinery waivers.

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Senators push for answers on Trump trade strategy, aid plan for farmers

Trump administration officials involved in ag trade policy and the recently unveiled trade aid package for farmers faced sharp questioning from Senate Agriculture Committee members during a hearing held September 13 to discuss ongoing ag trade issues.

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NFU members updated by ag lawmakers on farm bill, trade at fall fly-in

Updates on trade policy issues and the farm bill currently being reconciled by House and Senate conferees were delivered by lawmakers to 350 members of the National Farmers Union (NFU) in Washington, DC for the groups Fall legislative fly-in.

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Day ahead – September 7, 2018: US-China trade tensions to linger, RFS waiver impacts detailed, FAO sees ASF likely spreading beyond China

Prospects that the US and China will iron out their trade issues this year are waning. Meanwhile, an analysis detailed the impact Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) small refinery waivers have had on ethanol demand and the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in China is likely to spread to other countries.

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USDA announces more rural electric infrastructure investments

Another $398.5 million worth of investments to update rural electric infrastructure were announced by USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today (Sept. 19).

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Ethanol blend rates not affected by waivers: Study

A new study by University of Illinois economist Scott Irwin found that ethanol blend rates hadn’t budged when accounting for seasonal changes in consumption, despite the increase in refinery waivers that ethanol producers have said is undermining the biofuel mandate.

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Day ahead – September 7, 2018: US-China trade tensions to linger, RFS waiver impacts detailed, FAO sees ASF likely spreading beyond China

Prospects that the US and China will iron out their trade issues this year are waning. Meanwhile, an analysis detailed the impact Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) small refinery waivers have had on ethanol demand and the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in China is likely to spread to other countries.

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USDA announces more rural electric infrastructure investments

Another $398.5 million worth of investments to update rural electric infrastructure were announced by USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today (Sept. 19).

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Ethanol blend rates not affected by waivers: Study

A new study by University of Illinois economist Scott Irwin found that ethanol blend rates hadn’t budged when accounting for seasonal changes in consumption, despite the increase in refinery waivers that ethanol producers have said is undermining the biofuel mandate.

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Day ahead – August 31, 2018: Trump voices support for more China tariffs, Perdue warns on China ASF outbreak, ethanol groups seek RFS waiver data

President Donald Trump is reportedly leaning towards moving ahead with tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods as early as next week. Meanwhile, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue suggested China's African swine fever (ASF) outbreak may be worse than is being reported and ethanol groups filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for data on RFS small refinery waivers.

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