Tag: Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

Corn Links: In defense of corn, the world's most important food crop

There’s some really good reading on corn, GMOs and the Renewable Fuel Standard in major media outlets today. Here is a summary of each story, along with links so you can read the entire piece:

  • Tamar Haspel, a food and science writer who won the 2015 James Beard Foundation award for best food column, has a 1,300 word opus about corn in Thursday’s Washington Post. She writes:

There’s a strong case (which I’m going to make) that field corn,

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Ethanol Update: All RFS, all the time

This week’s Ethanol Update is all about the efforts of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and many, many more organizations and individuals to tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to not mess with the RFS (Renewable Fuel Standard).

That’s a whole lot of acronyms. Before we confuse you further, let’s get straight to the update:

Demmer testifies
Jerry Demmer, a corn farmer in Clarks Grove,

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Minnesota corn farmer stands up for ethanol at national RFS hearing

Jerry Demmer never misses an opportunity to stand up and speak out for clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol, even if he has to travel over 350 miles to do so.

Demmer, a corn farmer in Clarks Grove, is heading to Kansas City, Kan., on Thursday to represent Minnesota corn farmers at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) public hearing on the agency’s proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and cut the amount of ethanol blended in our fuel supply below what Congress originally intended.

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Farmers: You're invited to attend MCGA's "What you Need to Know" district meetings

MNcorn_PMS124FINALAre you a farmer with questions about changes to Minnesota’s buffer laws? Do you want to know more about telling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to not mess with the RFS (Renewable Fuel Standard) and homegrown ethanol?

Would you like insight into conservation programs from local experts? How about an update on ag-related items from the recently completed Minnesota legislative session?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions,

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Minnesota Corn Growers to EPA: Don’t mess with the RFS

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is urging corn farmers, anyone who drives a car, anyone who wants to breathe cleaner air, renewable energy supporters and others to speak out against a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to slash the amount of homegrown ethanol blended in our fuel supply.

If EPA gets its way, ethanol blending targets set by Congress in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) will be reduced by nearly 9 billion gallons over the next two years.

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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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