Terry Brandstad Addresses Ag Outlook Forum

Lizzy Schultz

The distinguished speaker at this year’s USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum was former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who was recently nominated as ambassador to China. Branstad took time during his speech to praise incoming Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and share his thoughts on the future of agriculture and economic development in rural America. “Simply put, American agriculture is tied to …

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#NBB17 Spotlight on Washington Session

Cindy Zimmerman

The ever-popular Spotlight on Washington session at the 2017 National Biodiesel Conference was more popular than ever this year with the advent of a new presidential administration. Back by popular demand for the session were former Sen. Byron Dorgan and former Cong. Kenny Hulshof, and they were joined by other DC insiders Jim Massie, Timothy Urban, and Tom Hance. All …

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NBB Reinforces Need for Biodiesel Tax Incentive

Joanna Schroeder

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is reinforcing the need once again for the biodiesel tax incentive. On behalf of America’s biodiesel producers, the association sent a letter to House and Senate tax committee leaders urging the extension of the incentive prior to its expiration on December 31, 2016. “We strongly urge you to extend the biodiesel tax credit and take …

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House #Biofuels Caucus To @EPA: Get #RFS Back on Track

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) remains under fire regarding its proposed rule for the 2017 renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). This week, 17 members of the House Biofuels Caucus sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, urging the agency to complete its 2017 RFS “in a manner consistent with the Congressional intent to aggressively …

biofuels, EPA, Ethanol, Growth Energy, Legislation, policy, RFA, RFS

#RFANEC Biofuels Policy Panel

Cindy Zimmerman

The future of U.S. biofuels policy was the topic of a panel at the 2016 National Ethanol Conference this week in New Orleans. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen moderated the panel, which included industry and government stakeholders, but no representative from the Environmental Protection Agency, even though they were invited to participate. “They had expressed some …

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Energy in the Budget Proposal

Cindy Zimmerman

As promised, energy was a focus of President Obama’s 2017 budget proposal, officially unveiled on Tuesday, with a promise to “move our economy away from energy sources that fuel climate change.” The budget provides for $7.7 billion in discretionary funding for clean energy research and development across 12 agencies, including $106 million for USDA to “support development of biobased energy …

biofuels, Energy, Government, policy, USDA