Corn Growers Ask for Extra Time for RFS Comments

John Davis

Just as the EPA started its 30-day comment period on a waiver request for the Renewable Fuel Standard, the National Corn Growers Association is asking for more time for comments. NCGA President Garry Niemeyer sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson requesting an additional 30-day extension, citing harvest and the uncertainty of this year’s corn crop: “Across the nation …

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Former Ag Secretary Would Say No to RFS Waiver

Cindy Zimmerman

A former Secretary of Agriculture says he would advise against waiving the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Clayton Yeutter, who served as agriculture secretary under President George H.W. Bush from 1989 to 1991, says he believes the markets will resolve the current situation. “Markets work,” he said during an appearance at the 2012 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. “We’re seeing …

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Poultry, Govs Make Case for RFS Waiver; RFA Refutes

John Davis

Poultry producers are getting some help from several governors in their call for the EPA to waive the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), but officials with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) say the RFS is working, and no waiver is needed. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has joined Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe and North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue in asking for the …

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RFA: Reports Show Waiver Won’t Lower Corn Prices

John Davis

The folks from the Renewable Fuels Association are pointing to two university studies as proof any waiving of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) would not significantly lower corn prices. The issue came to the forefront in the last few weeks as the drought pushed corn prices to record levels, and livestock groups look to the RFS waiver as relief from …

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RFS Waiver Would Not Immediately Impact Corn Prices

John Davis

While a new report shows that a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard could drop corn prices, the impact would not be felt this year and could vary. The Purdue University report, entiled Potential Impacts of a Partial Waiver of the Ethanol Blending Rules, was authored by the school’s Wally Tyner, Farzad Taheripour and Christopher Hurt and presented today in …

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Corn Growers Ask for Careful Analysis of RFS Waiver

John Davis

While Govs. Bev Perdue of North Carolina and Mike Beebe of Arkansas have petitioned the EPA to waive the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for ethanol in light of the drought gripping much of the corn-producing region of the country, a supplier for both sides in the argument has called for careful analysis of the situation. The National Corn Growers Association… …

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Ethanol Industry Urges EPA to Deny RFS Waiver

John Davis

Two state governors have reportedly made an official request to the EPA to waive the RFS for corn ethanol, and the ethanol industry is wasting no time saying it should be denied. According to this Reuters article, North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue and Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe have asked the EPA for a waiver to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), …

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RFA: RFS Waiver Brings No Lower Prices for Anyone

John Davis

Officials with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) say if the EPA grants a waiver to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), it would not bring the hoped-for reduction in feed prices for livestock producers and lower prices for consumers at the grocery stores. The calls for the waiver grew louder after last Friday’s USDA crop report showed a 13 percent reduction …

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Ag Secy Vilsack Stresses Support of RFS

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack demonstrated his strong commitment to the ethanol industry and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by spending over an hour at the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) conference on Friday morning. “This is an industry that is worth supporting,” he told the crowd of about 250 ethanol industry leaders. “Which is why the president is supporting the …

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