COVID Relief Bill Passes with Aid for Biofuels Producers

Cindy Zimmerman

Agricultural and biofuels groups as well as 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 …

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COVID Deal Includes Previously Excluded Biofuels

Cindy Zimmerman

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) says the latest COVID relief deal moving through Congress this week has new provisions to provide help for food and agriculture sectors impacted by the pandemic restrictions, including biofuels. In addition to a 15 percent increase in benefits for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for six months, Peterson pointed specifically …

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Bob Sather Scholarships Available for NEC

Cindy Zimmerman

Scholarships for students to attend the National Ethanol Conference will be offered by the Renewable Fuels Association in partnership with the Renewable Fuels Foundation once again for 2021, but this time with a new name honoring an ethanol industry pioneer. Now in its 12th year, the program has been named in honor of Bob Sather, who was involved in education …

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USDA Offers More Biofuels Infrastructure Grants

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S Department of Agriculture has announced another round of funding for its successful Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, or HBIIP. Approximately $22 million is being made available for retailers to add higher ethanol blends like E15 and E85. The application window will be open for 30 days starting December 21 and ending January 19. Ethanol organizations are offering help …

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Brazil Tariff Decision ‘Devastating’ For US Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

Brazil’s decision to impose a 20 percent tariff on all U.S. ethanol imports is devastating for the U.S. ethanol industry, according to organizations that work to promote ethanol exports. The leadership of the Renewable Fuels Association, U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy, and the National Corn Growers Association say the action jeopardizes the future of cooperation and coordination between the U.S …

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RFA Gives Ethanol Industry Update

Cindy Zimmerman

As Congress continues to negotiate a new COVID-19 aid package, the pandemic continues to batter the U.S. ethanol industry and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) wants lawmakers to know the challenges producers are facing. With losses from the pandemic nearing $4 billion, the ethanol industry continues to fight for implementation of the Tenth Circuit Court decision nationwide, and prepares to …

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Biofuels Included in Ag Talks Roadmap for Trade

Cindy Zimmerman

Farmers for Free Trade held a virtual press conference Tuesday to release a new report on the challenges and solutions for American agriculture on trade, supply chains and global competitiveness. The report is the culmination of a series of Ag Talk discussions across rural America and includes recommendations to drive demand for U.S. agricultural products at home and abroad. Recommendations …

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Ethanol Report 12-15-20

Cindy Zimmerman

A new analysis released by the Renewable Fuels Association shows the devastating impact COVID-19 pandemic restrictions continue to have on ethanol producers, with losses nearing $4 billion. RFA Chief Economist Scott Richman authored the white paper which shows ethanol production dropped by two billion gallons between March and November this year, which meant a 700-million-bushel decline in the use of …

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Novozymes Offers New Enzyme Solution for Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

Novozymes has launched a new bioenergy enzyme solution to increase oil and ethanol yields by utilizing previously untapped potential in corn conversion. Fortiva Hemi “brings novel enzymes to liquefaction that enable unmatched substrate conversion to deliver the highest corn oil and ethanol yields possible. Effective across the broadest pH and temperature ranges, it is also the most flexible liquefaction solution …

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Wisconsin Governor Pledges Aid for Ethanol Plants

Cindy Zimmerman

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers last week announced that up to $3.25 million of federal Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding will be made available to Wisconsin’s nine ethanol producers to help offset some of the significant losses experienced by the industry earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic. “I appreciate the efforts of Wisconsin’s ethanol industry to pivot and …

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