Renewable Fuel Standard Debate This Week

Cindy Zimmerman

Representatives of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) will be squaring off to debate on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) this week in Washington D.C. AgriTalk and Agri-Pulse will be hosting the debate via broadcast and the web on September 12 starting at 11:00 am Eastern time live from the Longworth Building, Room 1300. …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, livestock, RFA, RFS

Impact of RFS on Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman

Increased ethanol production has been good for corn growers, bad for poultry producers, but has overall helped increase farm income to record levels according to some testimony given in a House hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) this week. “The Renewable Fuel Standard is doing exactly what it was intended to do,” said National Corn Growers Association President Pam …

Audio, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, livestock, livestock feed, RFS

Beef Ranches as Biodiesel Refineries

John Davis

The next set of biodiesel refineries will probably continue to be in rural America, but they might be part of livestock operations. This article from says Arkansas State University researcher Kevin Humphrey sees real potential for ranchers to produce their own biodiesel from oil seed crops, waste oil or tallow: “If all you want to do is extract oil …

Biodiesel, Farming, livestock, livestock feed

USDA Renews Dairy Energy Pact

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack today renewed a historic agreement with U.S. dairy producers to accelerate the adoption of innovative waste-to-energy projects and energy efficiency improvements on U.S. dairy farms, both of which help producers diversify revenues and reduce utility expenses on their operations. The pact extends a Memorandum of Understanding signed in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2009. USDA support for agricultural and …

Audio, dairy, livestock, USDA, Waste-to-Energy

American Farm Bureau Supports RFS

Cindy Zimmerman

Delegates for the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) last week voted overwhelmingly to support continuation of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), despite the fact that membership in the organization includes a substantial percentage of livestock producers. “The livestock guys still have concerns about high feed costs, and I’m one of them, I’m a beef producer,” said AFBF president Bob Stallman. …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Farm Bureau, livestock, livestock feed, RFS

DF Cast: Biodiesel Helps Livestock Producers

John Davis

We’ve known for quite a while that biodiesel is helping the bottom lines of feedstock producers, in particular, the nation’s soybean growers. But a new study from the National Biodiesel Board says livestock producers are also sticking more green in their pockets thanks to the green fuel. In this edition of the Domestic Fuel Cast, we hear from the NBB’s …

Audio, Biodiesel, Domestic Fuel Cast, livestock, livestock feed, NBB

RFA Reacts to RFS Decision

Cindy Zimmerman

The president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) says they are very pleased with the decision today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reject a request to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In an interview immediately after the announcement was made by EPA, Bob Dinneen said he gave the agency credit for sticking to the science …

Audio, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Ethanol Report, Government, livestock, RFA, RFS

Visiting Farmers See Cattle/Ethanol Operation

Cindy Zimmerman

A group of 17 farmers from Canada, Honduras, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, Swaziland, United Kingdom, Uruguay, US, Zambia, and Zimbabwe had the chance to visit a livestock operation with an ethanol plant next door. The annual Global Farmer Roundtable, organized by Truth About Trade & Technology (TATT), makes Couser Cattle Company a regular stop for the international …

Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Ethanol News, International, livestock, livestock feed

Study Indicates RFS Waiver Could Increase Feed Prices

Cindy Zimmerman

On the eve of the deadline for providing comments to the Environmental Protection Agency on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waiver request, the ethanol industry has released a new study that indicates a waiver could actually increase the cost of feed for livestock and poultry producers. The analysis, conducted by Cardno-ENTRIX and commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), finds …

Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Ethanol News, livestock, RFA, RFS