EPA administrator hints about changes to Renewable Fuel Standard proposal

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy dropped a few hints yesterday that changes could be coming to its proposal to slash the RFS, which would reduce the amount of ethanol blended in gasoline by 1.4 billion gallons in 2014.

“I have heard loud and clear that you don’t think we hit that right,” McCarthy told a crowd of about 100 people at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture winter conference in Reston,

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Agriculture in China: A student's perspective

By Kevin Welter

I met with my college advisor my sophomore year, and I recall her asking me if I had ever thought of studying abroad. I responded that I had never considered it. She promptly informed me of a two-week agriculture-focused study abroad trip to China in May 2013. It fulfilled a requirement to graduate, and I knew that a friend was already planning on participating as well. That was enough for me to decide to sign up,

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How a record corn crop makes for a better Super Bowl

As if growing the food, fiber, feed and fuel to meet the needs of a growing world population wasn’t enough, corn farmers are also making an impact on this Sunday’s Super Bowl.

When the Denver Broncos play the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl, millions of Americans will plop down on their couches or at their favorite pub to watch the game and enjoy time with family and friends.

They will also be eating chicken wings,

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Farm Bill: We're getting close (for real this time…probably)

House and Senate negotiators reached a deal on a new five-year farm bill late Monday night that ends direct payments, strengthens crop insurance and trims nutrition programs (food stamps) by about 1 percent.

Under the new farm bill, growers would have the choice between traditional price supports or insurance-like protection against a drop in revenue. For more details, click here.

The House is expected to vote on the new farm bill,

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Minnesota corn farmers put their support for the RFS in writing

This is our final plea reminder: You have about 36 hours left to let the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) know how damaging its proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and cut the amount of ethanol blended in gasoline would be to farmers, rural communities and our wallets.

EPA is accepting public comments until 10:59 p.m. Central time on Tuesday, Jan. 28. If you haven’t submitted comments yet, you can do so by clicking here.

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