Tag: USDA

USDA lowers corn and soybean estimates by just 1%

USDA lowers corn and soybean estimates by just 1%

September 12, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the US Department of Agriculture’s latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates and Crop Production reports see corn and soybean production falling 1% compared to previous estimates, but the figures are still a lot higher than what many believe due to crops being planted late following wet weather this spring […]

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USGC promotes Healy to Director of Global Ethanol Market Development

USGC promotes Healy to Director of Global Ethanol Market Development

August 31, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Grains Council promoted Brian Healy to director of global ethanol market development. Healy previously served as the manager of ethanol export market development, providing expertise in ethanol export strategy development, managing programs and overseeing policy engagement for the Council’s global ethanol program. Prior to joining the Council, Healy worked on […]

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Corn growers to get larger bailout but NCGA says government needs to reopen markets and stop ethanol demand destruction

Corn growers to get larger bailout but NCGA says government needs to reopen markets and stop ethanol demand destruction

August 26, 2019 |

In Washington, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President made the following statement on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) release of its methodology to determine commodity payment rates for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP). The payment rate for corn is $0.14 per bushel. “NCGA welcomes USDA’s transparency in this process. Corn farmers were understandably […]

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USDA pulls employees off of Midwest crop tour following threat

USDA pulls employees off of Midwest crop tour following threat

August 21, 2019 |

In Illinois, Bloomberg reports that following a telephone threat made to a USDA employee, allegedly related to escalating tensions in farm country due to President Trump’s continuing policy shifts that are jeopardizing the ag economy such as the recent approval of 31 hardship waivers and the ongoing trade war with China, the USDA decided to […]

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USDA attaché report says India will blend record 5.8% of ethanol this year

USDA attaché report says India will blend record 5.8% of ethanol this year

August 15, 2019 |

In India, the USDA’s attaché reports that ethanol blending this year could reach a record 5.8%, above last year’s 4.1% as the government pushes for higher blending through deregulation of feedstocks, soft loans for increased investment in ethanol production and focus on 2G ethanol technologies and commercialization. Oil marketing companies are seen sourcing 2.4 billion […]

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North Carolina teachers get hands-on bioeconomy and bioenergy training

North Carolina teachers get hands-on bioeconomy and bioenergy training

August 8, 2019 |

In North Carolina, sixteen high school science and career and technical education (CTE) teachers attended a four-day hands-on professional development workshop at NC State in July. The workshop was part of the USDA-funded Sustainable Bioproducts and Bioenergy Program (SBBP), a collaboration between NC State’s College of Natural Resources and College of Education. The high school […]

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USGC’s trade mission pays off with first shipment of ETBE made with U.S. ethanol arrives in Japan

USGC’s trade mission pays off with first shipment of ETBE made with U.S. ethanol arrives in Japan

July 20, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., U.S. Grains Council reports that the first shipment of ethyl tert-butyl ether (ETBE) made with U.S. corn-based ethanol arrived in Japan last week, marking the country’s new demand for U.S. ethanol-based products and a milestone in U.S. ethanol market development efforts. The sale of ETBE, a gasoline component, was made following a […]

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Oil industry asks EPA to not allow USDA access to information in small refinery waiver applications

Oil industry asks EPA to not allow USDA access to information in small refinery waiver applications

July 9, 2019 |

In Washington, DTN reports that a lawyer from Perkins Coie has written to the Environmental Protection Agency administrator on behalf of oil refineries opposing the agency from sharing data provided by refiners in their applications for small refinery hardship waivers with the USDA. The letter says the USDA has no legal authority over the hardship […]

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Ethanol exports down 19% on year through May

Ethanol exports down 19% on year through May

July 3, 2019 |

In Washington, DTN reports that USDA data shows ethanol exports fell in May to 99.6 million gallons compared to more than 150 million gallons the month prior, but exports were still 9% higher on the year for May while total exports for the year are 19% behind last year. Canada was the top destination followed […]

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Senator John Kennedy tells Ag Secretary to stay out of hardship waivers issue

Senator John Kennedy tells Ag Secretary to stay out of hardship waivers issue

July 1, 2019 |

In Washington, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) told U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue in a letter that he will block the confirmation of department nominees until the USDA stops interfering with a program that protects Louisiana’s small refineries from financial devastation. He said at issue are hardship waivers – called Small Refinery […]

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