Senators Question EPA Nominee on RFS and WOTUS

Cindy Zimmerman

The Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule and the Renewable Fuel Standard were two topics Environmental Protection Agency nominee Michael Regan addressed during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Wednesday. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) called WOTUS the “one that everyone ought to be concerned about because that’s the number one issue.” Regan, who …

Audio, Biodiesel, Biofuels, climate, EPA, Ethanol, Water

ZimmCast 664 – Beltwide & Biodiesel Conferences

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. In this week’s program we’ll hear interviews from the Beltwide and Biodiesel conferences that took place virtually this month. You can find a lot more interviews and session audio from these events in our virtual newsrooms for them on AgNewsWire.com. Before sharing a couple of interviews that Cindy and I did I just wanted …

Ag Groups, Agribusiness, Audio, Beltwide Cotton, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Cotton, Energy, National Biodiesel Conference, ZimmCast

Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Rise to Meet New Opportunities

Cindy Zimmerman

The biodiesel and renewable diesel industry kicked off the 2021 Virtual National Biodiesel Conference and Expo Tuesday with an optimistic outlook for the future of America’s sustainable petroleum diesel replacement. The theme of this year’s conference is “Rise 2021” and in his annual state of the industry address, National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen pointed to several factors contributing to …

Audio, Biodiesel, Biofuels, National Biodiesel Conference

Mixed Bag of Last Minute EPA Proposals for Biofuels

Cindy Zimmerman

With just days before a new administration takes office, the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday issued a mixed bag of last minute proposals for biofuels producers. First, in Friday’s Federal Register, EPA proposed to extend compliance deadlines for 2019 and 2020 renewable volume obligations, stating that the agency would “take no position on the availability of SREs for the 2019 …

Audio, Biodiesel, Biofuels, EPA, Ethanol, RFA

COVID Relief Bill Passes with Help for Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman

Agricultural groups and farm state lawmakers are pleased that the new COVID relief package passed by Congress last night includes help for producers excluded from previous aid legislation. Sen. John Thune (R-SD) says relief includes the Paycheck Protection Program for Producers Act. “The bill also includes funding to allow the Department of Agriculture to provide additional assistance to ag producers …

Audio, Biofuels, Dairy, Ethanol, Farming, Food, NCBA, Poultry

Study Finds Gas Car Ban Would Hurt Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) has just released a study on the impacts of increased electric vehicle penetration on U.S. biofuels, agriculture and the economy. Proposals to ban internal combustion engine vehicles by 2035 and 2050 served as the economic models for the study, along with a base case provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook. The …

Agribusiness, ARA, Audio, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Corn, Ethanol, Soybean

Iowa Governor Allocates $100 Million for Agriculture Relief

Cindy Zimmerman

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has allocated approximately $100 million of federal CARES Act relief funds for a range of agricultural programs to offset the impact of COVID-19 on farmers, producers and agricultural industries. “Iowa is at the foundation of our global food supply chain and the epicenter of the renewable fuels industry,” said Gov. Reynolds. “COVID-19 and a devastating derecho …

AgWired Animal, Animal Agriculture, Biofuels, Ethanol, Livestock, Meat

House Committee Releases Climate Crisis Plan

Cindy Zimmerman

The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis today released a comprehensive plan titled “Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America.” The Climate Crisis Action Plan, released as a majority staff report, recognizes the role agriculture plays in providing valuable climate and ecosystems benefits. Investing in American …

Biofuels, Environment, Ethanol

Corn and Sorghum Groups Urge Aid for Ethanol Industry

Cindy Zimmerman

Members of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus held a virtual town hall Wednesday to discuss the challenges currently facing the ethanol industry and what can be done to help. Caucus members participating in the meeting were including Reps. Collin Peterson (D-MN), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Dave Loebsack (D-IA), and Rodney Davis (R-IL) as well as ethanol and agricultural group leaders. House Agriculture …

Audio, Biofuels, Corn, Ethanol, NCGA, NSP, sorghum

Farm & Biofuel Groups Challenge Retroactive RFS Waivers

Cindy Zimmerman

Nine leading biofuel and farm organizations sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler Tuesday asking him for answers on what is seen as a new effort to undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). During a Senate hearing last month, administration officials confirmed their consideration of retroactive small refinery exemptions (SREs) covering previous years. The “gap-filings” are …

ACE, AFBF, Ag Groups, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Ethanol, RFA