Tag: Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

Ethanol Update: RFS comments, Obama petition, oil industry shills

There’s a lot going on in the ethanol world this week, so let’s get right to the Ethanol Update.

RFS comment period opens
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now accepting comments on its proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and reduce the amount of homegrown ethanol blended in our fuel supply by 4 billion gallons in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Comments will be accepted through July 27,

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association President: Don’t mess with the RFS

On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed slashing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and reducing the amount of homegrown ethanol blended into our fuel supply by almost 4 billion gallons from 2014-16. The cuts amount to the loss of nearly a billion and a half bushels in corn demand compared to original RFS targets.

Northfield farmer and Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) president Bruce Peterson issued the following statement after EPA announced its proposal:

“Today’s announcement from EPA is bad news for farmers,

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Federal legislative update: RFS, TPA and conservation compliance

Yesterday I posted an ag and corn-focused update from the recently completed Minnesota legislative session. You can read that post here to get caught up on buffer legislation, the bioeconomy bill, ag research funding and other state legislation.

Today, I’d like to focus on a couple of federal items:

Renewable Volume Obligations
The deadline is June 1 for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to propose Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) per the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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15 posts to re-visit, re-read and remember from 2014

Minnesota cornThis is the final post of 2014 on Minnesota Cornerstone. Thank you to all of our readers, especially those of you who spread the word about the topics we cover in this space and share our work on social media.

To wrap up the year, here are 15 posts from 2014 that we were particularly proud of. They cover a variety of topics, ranging from ethanol to irrigation to ag policy to the Super Bowl.

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6 important issues Minnesota corn farmers will face in 2015

Minnesota CornBefore ringing in the new year, let’s take a look at six key issues Minnesota corn farmers can expect to face in 2015.

Corn prices
Most estimates indicate that corn prices will need to be around $4.25-$4.50 per bushel for corn farmers to break even in 2015. Today, corn prices are hovering around the $3.70–$4 range.

As recently as 2008, the breakeven price for corn was about $3.50 per bushel.

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MCGA Radio: What's next for the Renewable Fuel Standard?

The Obama Administration recently punted on finalizing 2014 volume standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) — legislation that sets targets for the amount of homegrown ethanol blended in our country’s fuel supply.

So, what’s next for the RFS?

Bob Dinneen from the Renewable Fuels Association and Brian Jennings from the American Coalition for Ethanol shared their thoughts on that question on this week’s Minnesota Corn Growers Association radio.

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Rural issues will be prominent in new Minnesota legislature

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) pre-resolutions meeting is where corn farmers set policy priorities and discuss hot-button ag issues for the upcoming year. It’s also an opportunity for corn farmers to get legislative perspectives from insiders plugged into the Minnesota political scene.

Blois Olson, a prominent political reporter and commentator in Minnesota, opened his remarks at Thursday’s pre-resolutions meeting in Mankato by highlighting how Minnesota often bucks national trends every election cycle.

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What media outlets and biofuels leaders are saying after another RFS delay

EthanolIt’s been five days since the Obama Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) punted on finalizing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) numbers for 2014. For a full summary of the announcement and a synopsis of the RFS issue, click here.

To add additional context to the delay, and to get a little bit of insight into what the future might hold for the RFS, corn farmers and biofuels supporters,

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Once again, Obama Administration delays final RFS decision

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice today announcing that it will not be finalizing 2014 volume standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) before the end of 2014.

Last November, EPA proposed slashing the RFS and cutting the amount of clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol blended in our fuel supply. Immediately after the proposal, Minnesota corn farmers took action.

More than 7,000 letters were sent to EPA by Minnesota corn farmers and biofuels supporters denouncing the proposed cuts.

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Quick thoughts on what 2014 election results might mean for corn farmers

Written by Anna Boroff, MCGA Public Policy Director

With the 2014 elections now behind us, it’s time to re-examine the landscape and try to figure out what Tuesday’s elections might mean for Minnesota’s corn farmers and biofuels supporters.

That process will take a while, but here are a few initial tidbits and thoughts from an ag perspective two days after the election.

  • At the federal level,

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