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Senate Ag members press Censky over biofuels, CRP, cattle probe, more

Implementation of new 2018 Farm Bill provisions and programs, the Trump administration’s plan to boost biofuel usage and USDA’s ongoing cattle market investigation were among the topics Senate Agriculture Committee members pressed USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky on during a hearing Thursday (October 17).

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Biofuel backers, refiners offer harsh criticism of EPA biofuel plan

Disappointment with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan unveiled Tuesday to account for the impact of small refinery exemptions (SREs) on biofuel usage was voiced by biofuel proponents and at least one group representing the oil and refining industry.

US Agricultural Policy Biofuels

Day ahead – Oct. 16, 2019: US-China deal, China farm prices, RFS timeline

Focus remains on Chinese purchases of US ag goods included in the “phase one” US-China trade deal reached late last week. Meanwhile, China’s farm produce prices continue to rise and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is likely to miss a November 30 deadline for finalizing 2020 biofuels and 2021 biodiesel volumes.

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EPA releases more detail on plan to make sure required biofuel volumes are met

EPA today unveiled details of the proposal aimed at boosting US biofuel usage to make sure that the statutory level for biofuels is met, including the statutory level for conventional – primarily corn based – ethanol. The plan was released as a supplement to the proposed 2020 biofuel and 2021 biodiesel Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that the agency announced this summer.

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Day ahead – Oct. 15, 2019: Mnuchin on US-China deal, USMCA, RFS volumes

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin struck a positive tone on the US-China trade accord. Meanwhile, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to accelerate a ratification vote for the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and updated 2020 biofuel and 2021 biodiesel Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes remain under review at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Wojciechowski wins over MEPs, US tariff fall out, JBS under the spotlight

A much-improved performance by Janusz Wojciechowski saw Poland’s EU agriculture Commissioner-designate convince members of the European Parliament’s AGRI committee that he is the right person for the job, following a second hearing last week.

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Biofuel backers, refiners offer harsh criticism of EPA biofuel plan

Disappointment with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan unveiled Tuesday to account for the impact of small refinery exemptions (SREs) on biofuel usage was voiced by biofuel proponents and at least one group representing the oil and refining industry.

US Agricultural Policy Biofuels

Day ahead – Oct. 16, 2019: US-China deal, China farm prices, RFS timeline

Focus remains on Chinese purchases of US ag goods included in the “phase one” US-China trade deal reached late last week. Meanwhile, China’s farm produce prices continue to rise and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is likely to miss a November 30 deadline for finalizing 2020 biofuels and 2021 biodiesel volumes.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

EPA releases more detail on plan to make sure required biofuel volumes are met

EPA today unveiled details of the proposal aimed at boosting US biofuel usage to make sure that the statutory level for biofuels is met, including the statutory level for conventional – primarily corn based – ethanol. The plan was released as a supplement to the proposed 2020 biofuel and 2021 biodiesel Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that the agency announced this summer.

US Agricultural Policy Biofuels

Day ahead – Oct. 15, 2019: Mnuchin on US-China deal, USMCA, RFS volumes

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin struck a positive tone on the US-China trade accord. Meanwhile, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to accelerate a ratification vote for the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and updated 2020 biofuel and 2021 biodiesel Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes remain under review at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

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EPA’s Wheeler providing some additional clarity on coming biofuel plan

The Friday announcement by the Trump administration about its plan to ensure that there will be 15 billion gallons of conventional (primarily corn-based ethanol) used each year in the US has spawned a lot of questions about how the plan will work under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

US Agricultural Policy Biofuels

Reactions positive from ag, biofuel interests to EPA/USDA biofuel plan

Ag and biofuel interests have mostly come out in support of the Trump administration's announcement Friday (Oct. 4) that they will work toward assuring there are 15 billion gallons of conventional ethanol used in the US as spelled out under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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US cheese tariffs dampen mood at EU dairy conference

The imposition by the US of new tariffs on EU dairy exports overshadowed the agenda at this year’s European Dairy Association Congress in Vienna.

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Day ahead – Oct. 18, 2019: USMCA process, International starch group, Organic program

House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) was upbeat about Mexico’s efforts to implement the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Meanwhile, the Corn Refiners Association (CFA) joined counterparts in other countries to form a new international starch group and USDA proposed multiple additions to the organic program's list of allowed and prohibited substances.

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Democrats warn that relocation has undermined USDA research agencies

House Democrats on Thursday (Oct. 17) blasted the Trump administration’s decision to move the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) from Washington, D.C., to the Kansas City region, citing statistics that find the relocation has left two research agencies far short of staff and unable to finalize key reports or fund research grants.

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Democrats warn that relocation has undermined USDA research agencies

House Democrats on Thursday (Oct. 17) blasted the Trump administration’s decision to move the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) from Washington, D.C., to the Kansas City region, citing statistics that find the relocation has left two research agencies far short of staff and unable to finalize key reports or fund research grants.

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Senate Ag members press Censky over biofuels, CRP, cattle probe, more

Implementation of new 2018 Farm Bill provisions and programs, the Trump administration’s plan to boost biofuel usage and USDA’s ongoing cattle market investigation were among the topics Senate Agriculture Committee members pressed USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky on during a hearing Thursday (October 17).

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Dietary supplement industry urges Congress to intervene on CBD

Dietary supplement manufacturers are urging Congress to amend federal law to legalize use of hemp-derived cannabinoid (CBD) as a dietary ingredient, calling the move vital to protect consumers and to provide legal clarity for the industry.

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