Tag: USDA

U.S. biofuels industry asks for USDA funds to survive decreased demand from coronavirus

U.S. biofuels industry asks for USDA funds to survive decreased demand from coronavirus

April 5, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., Reuters reports that a letter addressed to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue from representatives in the biofuels industry asked the Trump administration for funds to help survive the decreased demand prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. The letter asks for funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation to help the biofuels […]

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How badly is COVID-19 slamming biofuels industry? 30% reduction of ethanol production capacity, nearly half offline in coming weeks?

How badly is COVID-19 slamming biofuels industry? 30% reduction of ethanol production capacity, nearly half offline in coming weeks?

April 5, 2020 |

COVID-19 is creating a rocky road for everyone but is it all gloom and doom? RFA told The Digest that about 4.4 billion gallons of capacity has come offline since March 1, plus what was already idle, the total is about 5.2 billion gallons idle – that’s approximately 30% of the industry’s total. Growth Energy […]

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USDA seeks public comments on research goals to achieve Agricultural Innovation Agenda

USDA seeks public comments on research goals to achieve Agricultural Innovation Agenda

April 2, 2020 |

In Washington, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting comments and suggestions on objectives and opportunities leading to research goals and informed product goals to facilitate transformative breakthroughs to enable U.S. agriculture to meet the Department’s goal of increasing agricultural production by 40 percent to meet the needs of the global population in […]

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Farmers expect to plant the most corn in eight years on 97M acres

Farmers expect to plant the most corn in eight years on 97M acres

April 1, 2020 |

In Illinois, Reuters reports that USDA data shows corn farmers plan to plant the most corn in eight years at nearly 97 million acres despite corn prices collapsing on the back of falling ethanol demand in light of crumbling oil prices and the stay-in-place order resulting from the spread of COVID-19. The results were from […]

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Agriculture secretary directs USDA to replace vehicles with biofuel vehicles

Agriculture secretary directs USDA to replace vehicles with biofuel vehicles

March 3, 2020 |

In Washington, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued a memo directing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to acquire alternative fueled vehicles (AFV) when replacing conventionally fueled vehicles. USDA owns and operates one of the largest civilian fleets in the Federal Government and this move to a fleet that can use E85 or biodiesel […]

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USDA to make up to $100M in grants available for renewable fuels

USDA to make up to $100M in grants available for renewable fuels

March 1, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture intends to make available up to $100 million in competitive grants for activities designed to expand the sale and use of renewable fuels. USDA will make the grant funds available under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). Its purpose is […]

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USDA targets 30% biofuels by 2050

USDA targets 30% biofuels by 2050

February 23, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the Agriculture Innovation Agenda, specifically, focusing on stimulating innovation so that American agriculture can achieve the goal of increasing production by 40% while cutting the environmental footprint of U.S. agriculture in half by 2050. Part of this plan is to achieve market-driven blend rates of […]

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USDA announces innovation agenda with eye on 30% biofuels for 2050

USDA announces innovation agenda with eye on 30% biofuels for 2050

February 20, 2020 |

In Washington, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the Agriculture Innovation Agenda, a department-wide initiative to align resources, programs, and research to position American agriculture to better meet future global demands. Specifically, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will stimulate innovation so that American agriculture can achieve the goal of increasing production by 40 […]

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RFA Responds to USDA on Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program

RFA Responds to USDA on Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program

February 1, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association submitted a response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s request for information on the agency’s new Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, which was created to expand the availability and use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel. In its response, RFA recommended that available funding be primarily directed […]

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USDA Seeks Input on New Ethanol Sales Infrastructure Incentive Program

USDA Seeks Input on New Ethanol Sales Infrastructure Incentive Program

January 26, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking public input to help with the creation of the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP), a new program that will expand the availability of domestic ethanol and biodiesel by incentivizing the expansion of sales of renewable fuels. “Feedback from farmers, retailers and biofuels producers is […]

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