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Day ahead – May 22, 2020: US-China Phase One agreement, RFS waivers, plant-based seafood

National Economic Council (NEC) Director Larry Kudlow said China is complying with the terms of the Phase One US-China trade agreement despite it importing US goods at a slower pace than originally hoped for. Meanwhile, a group of oil-state lawmakers pressed EPA to grant Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waiver requests from a slew of state governors and several Hollywood celebrities have invested in a plant-based seafood company.

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US Washington week: USDA CFAP rule will be key along with Trump comments on ag

No votes are expected in the House this week after the chamber Friday approved the $3 trillion COVID-19 aid package on Friday. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told members not to expect any votes this week ahead of the Memorial Day holiday on May 25.

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RFA lauds House COVID-19 aid plan provisions, says biofuel demand slowly recovering

A “light at the end of the tunnel” is beginning to emerge for the biofuel sector as fuel demand is slowly beginning to recover from the impact of COVID-19 shutdowns, but producers face a long road ahead and need aid from the federal government as they continue to struggle because of the pandemic, officials with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) said during a briefing Friday (May 15).

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Biofuel interests press Congress for COVID-19 aid

After USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) lacked any aid for the biofuels sector, industry interests continue to press for future COVID-19 relief legislation to contain help for the industry.

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Global food prices continue to fall due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven down worldwide food prices for the third month in a row, a UN agency has reported.

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Commerce keeps duties on Argentine biodiesel

The US Department of Commerce (DOC) has left antidumping (AD) and countervailing duties (CVD) in place on imports of Argentine biodiesel determined after concluding a “changed circumstances review,” a move quickly welcomed by biodiesel proponents.

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Biofuel interests press Congress for COVID-19 aid

After USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) lacked any aid for the biofuels sector, industry interests continue to press for future COVID-19 relief legislation to contain help for the industry.

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Commerce keeps duties on Argentine biodiesel

The US Department of Commerce (DOC) has left antidumping (AD) and countervailing duties (CVD) in place on imports of Argentine biodiesel determined after concluding a “changed circumstances review,” a move quickly welcomed by biodiesel proponents.

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Back and forth over RFS blending mandates continues

Pressure from several state governors on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to waive biofuel blending mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) continues to draw push back from biofuel proponents, with a slew of farm-state lawmakers appealing directly to President Donald Trump on the matter.

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Coalition urges EPA to reject oil industry bid to revisit 2020 biofuel targets

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should reject a request from the American Petroleum Institute (API) asking the agency to revisit 2020 biofuel and 2021 biodiesel standards, a coalition of commodity and farm groups urged in a May 1 letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

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With $10 billion in potential losses, RFA hits USDA over lack of aid for biofuel sector

Ethanol producers are facing more than $10 billion in losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of aid for the sector under USDA’s new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) was a major disappointment, officials with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) said in a briefing Monday (April 20).

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RFA decries governors asking EPA to waive biofuel blending requirements

Requests by five US state governors to see the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) waive biofuel blending requirements due to rising compliance costs and the COVID-19 pandemic has drawn swift pushback from the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).

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