Biofuels not on a level playing field – Ethanol and biofuel reactions to USDA’s $19B coronavirus farmer relief package

April 19, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., news came Friday evening that the U.S. Department of Agriculture created a new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) that will take several actions to assist farmers, ranchers, and consumers in response to the COVID-19 national emergency.

But, it does not provide any assistance to America’s ethanol and renewable fuels industries, which as reported in The Digest on April 5 have been hit hard. April 5th seems a long time ago when ‘only’ 30% of ethanol plants were offline, compared to today where about 50% are offline.

Continue reading on the next page for what we know from the $19 billion USDA farmer relief package, key takeaways and reactions from ethanol and biofuel leaders like RFA, Growth Energy, and others, what about rural America and biofuels? Where are we? What needs to be done? What about the SBA loans and PPP?

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