Biofuels Coalition Challenging Small Refinery Waivers in 2018

Cindy Zimmerman

A coalition of six biofuel and farm organizations filed a brief Tuesday challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s August 2019 decision to exempt 31 small refineries from their obligations to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2018. The Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, National Biodiesel Board, American Coalition for Ethanol, and National Farmers Union, collectively known …

ACE, Ag group, Biodiesel, corn, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Growth Energy, NBB, NCGA, NFU

Renewable Energy Group Announces Changes

Cindy Zimmerman

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. this week announced organizational changes in its senior leadership team intended to “accelerate the company’s performance as a leader in a rapidly growing industry.” Chad Stone will move from the Chief Financial Officer position into a newly created role of Senior Vice President, Commercial Performance, overseeing the company’s planning, scheduling and optimization functions to drive commercial …

Biodiesel, biofuels, REG, renewable diesel

NBB Communications Director to Head KS Soybean

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is losing a great communications director, but Kansas soybean growers are gaining a great new CEO for their organization. NBB director of communications Kaleb Little has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas Soybean Association and Administrator of the Kansas Soybean Commission. Little, who is a native of Kansas, follows in the footsteps of …

Biodiesel, NBB

Farm & Biofuel Groups Ask Court to Enforce EPA Ruling

Cindy Zimmerman

Farm and biofuels leaders say it’s way past time for EPA to act on a court order from 2017 and they are going back to the court to make it happen. A coalition of biofuels and agricultural trade groups filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia Monday asking the court to enforce its …

ACE, Ag group, Biodiesel, biofuels, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, NBB, NCGA, NFU, RFA

National Biodiesel Board Elects New Governing Board Virtually

Cindy Zimmerman

Members of the National Biodiesel Board members met virtually this week to elect new Governing Board leaders, and also met virtually with farm broadcasters to do interviews. NBB members voted to fill eight board member spots for two-year terms: Troy Alberts, Ag Processing Inc. Greg Anderson, Nebraska Soybean Board Tom Brooks, Western Dubuque Biodiesel, LLC Tim Keaveney, Lake Erie Biofuels …

Audio, Biodiesel, NBB

NAFB Session Focuses on Ag and Energy

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) is holding its annual convention this week, and like everything else it is virtual. One of the newsmaker sessions on opening day of the convention focused on ethanol and biodiesel and “Agriculture’s Contributions to the Energy Market.” Carey Martin with Texas Farm Bureau Radio Network moderated the discussion with Tom Verry, Director of …

ACE, Audio, Biodiesel, Ethanol, Ethanol News, NAFB, NBB

Biodiesel Board Welcomes East Coast Policy Director

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Biodiesel Board has created a new Director of State Regulatory Affairs position and announced the appointment of Steve Dodge to fill it. Dodge is a longtime energy industry veteran who will focus primarily on advancing state and regional policy efforts for biodiesel, renewable diesel, and Bioheat® home heating oil on the east coast. With more than two decades …

Biodiesel, NBB

Biodiesel Ready to Meet USDA Ag Innovation Goals

Cindy Zimmerman

Biodiesel is ready now to meet the goals of the Agriculture Innovation Agenda. That was the message that the National Biodiesel Board gave to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in comments last week on “’ready to go’ technologies, practices, and management approaches to benefit farmers, consumers, and the environment.” NBB Vice President of Federal Affairs Kurt Kovarik wrote in …

Biodiesel, NBB, USDA

MN Governor’s Biofuels Council Recommends LCFS

Cindy Zimmerman

The Minnesota Governor’s Council on Biofuels this week released its consensus report on the steps needed to grow Minnesota’s biofuels industry and get the state back on track to meet renewable energy goals, including a plan for the adoption of a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). In the report to Gov. Tim Walz, the council recommends “a low-carbon fuel standard …

ACE, Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Low Carbon Fuel Standard, RFA

Study Finds Gas Car Ban Would Hurt Biofuels and Farmers

Cindy Zimmerman

*Updated with audio interview* 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 …

ARA, Audio, Biodiesel, Electric Vehicles, Ethanol, Ethanol News