#Ag Industry Split on Final #RFS Rules

Joanna Schroeder

The #Ag industry is split on the final #RFS (Renewable Fuel Standard) rules that were released yesterday by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While the RVOs (renewable volume obligations) were an improvement over the proposed rules released in May of this year, the #Ag industry is calling on the EPA to further strengthen the legislation and increase the amount of corn …

Agribusiness, Biodiesel, biofuels, EPA, Ethanol, RFS

Tier 4 Regulations Could Give Propane, CNG Boost

Joanna Schroeder

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published its final Tier 4 regulations that affect heavy duty vehicles, construction equipment and agriculture equipment. Past Tier 4 emission standards have decreased particulate matter and NOx levels over time and it’s is now on engine manufacturers to refine engines to further reduce Nitrogen Oxide emissions that enter into the air. Unless of course, …

Agribusiness, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), EPA, Equipment, Propane

Growth Supports Next Energy Generation

Joanna Schroeder

The next generation of renewable energy, and by extension agricultural experts, are in college and now have an opportunity for some financial support. Growth Energy is providing $90,000 in scholarships over the next three years to students majoring in agricultural education.  The “Upper Division” scholarships will be awarded by the National Association of Agricultural Education and given to students during …

Agribusiness, biofuels, biomass

New Holland Hero Growing for Energy

Joanna Schroeder

This year during the Expo Milano New Holland announced its “heros” as part of its “Seeds of Life Series“. One such hero was Brazilian Victor Campenelli, who grows 37,000 acres of corn and sugarcane and also has a cattle operation in Southern Brazil. Looking in to the future, Victor is looking forward to building a power plant utilizing cane straw. …

Agribusiness, bioenergy, biomass, Brazil, Electricity, New Holland

NFU Fly-In Focuses on RFS

Joanna Schroeder

The National Farmers Union (NFU) 2015 Fall Legislative Fly-In took place this week in Washington, D.C. and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was on the top of the list when growers from around the country met with White House official, Congressional staffers and members along with Senators and Representatives. Farmers Union members expressed concerned about a stalling of the RFS …

Agribusiness, biofuels, NFU, RFS

Illinois Corn Working to Support #Ethanol, E15

Joanna Schroeder

I stopped by the Illinois Corn booth during the Farm Progress Show and had the opportunity to speak with Kenneth Hartman, an Illinois corn, soybean and wheat grower. He gave me an update on the their efforts to increase mid-level ethanol blends across the state. One such initiative is working with key players in Chicago to get 150 E15 stations …

Agribusiness, Audio, E15, Ethanol, Renewable Energy

NCGA: We Will Not Stand for RFS Attacks

Joanna Schroeder

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is continuing to fight back said NCGA president Chip Bowling of Maryland during a press conference at the Farm Progess Show. “It’s about the many people who attack us [farmers] in DC like the DC bureaucrats, radio talk loudmouths and fearmongers on social media.” Among other issues, Bowling was referring to the attack on …

Agribusiness, Audio, corn, E15, E85, Ethanol, NCGA, RFS

ARF Reacts to Hillary Clinton’s Ag, Energy Plan

Joanna Schroeder

Presidential candidate Sec. Hillary Clinton (D) made another visit to Iowa this week where she unveiled her agriculture and rural policy plan. She called for strengthening the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) so that it continues to drive the development of advanced cellulosic and other advanced biofuels. Clinton called for more consumer choice at the pump with better access to ethanol …

Agribusiness, ARF, Biodiesel, biofuels, E15, E85, Ethanol, RFS

Reign in the EPA Say Republican Candidates

Joanna Schroeder

The last batch of Republican presidential candidates took the Soapbox stage during the last weekend of the Iowa State Fair. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) took a different approach and only answered questions. His overall statement was that the government needs to enforce the laws currently in place – not just the laws we like- but all laws. Speaking …

advance biofuels, Agribusiness, Audio, Clean Energy, Clean Power Plan, Iowa State Fair, politics, RFS

Perry Urges Return to “Constitutional Country”

Joanna Schroeder

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry’s main message on the soapbox yesterday at the Iowa State Fair was to get America back to a constitutional country. Citing the 10th amendment, he stressed that power and decision making needs to go back to the state and to the people, as intended by our founding fathers. Power needs to be taken away from …

Agribusiness, Audio, Iowa State Fair, politics