Category: Policy

Minnesota state legislature closer to investing in Crookston biodiesel facility

Minnesota state legislature closer to investing in Crookston biodiesel facility

April 18, 2019 |

In Minnesota, funding for a soybean crush and biodiesel facility in Crookston has passed a key hurdle in the Minnesota legislature. The proposed Soy Innovation Campus at the University of Minnesota Crookston will receive $5 million in funding as part of a bill authored by Sen. Torrey Westrom (R-Elbow Lake), who chairs the Senate Agriculture, […]

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Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia call for support of biofuels as part of RED II

Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia call for support of biofuels as part of RED II

April 17, 2019 |

In Belgium, taking into account the commitments of the EU on climate change emerging from various binding documents, which have already been adopted such as the Paris Agreement, Directive of the European Parliament and the Council on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (RED II) as well as the proposed new […]

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Aviation industry puts weight behind biodiesel credit extension thanks to biojet inclusion

Aviation industry puts weight behind biodiesel credit extension thanks to biojet inclusion

April 16, 2019 |

In Washington, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) led a coalition of top aviation organizations in penning a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley and Ranking Member Ron Wyden in support of an extension of the biodiesel tax incentive under Section 40A included in the Tax Extender and Disaster Relief Act (S.617). The letters were jointly issued […]

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Indonesia starts B100 trials in face falling palm oil demand from Europe

Indonesia starts B100 trials in face falling palm oil demand from Europe

April 15, 2019 |

In Indonesia, the Antara news agency reports that the agriculture minister is pushing for the use of B100 as a way to counteract the strong likelihood that palm oil demand from Europe will fall off as a result of anti-indirect land use rules. On Monday, the minister launched a B100 trial in a four-wheeler tractor […]

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EPA revives rule that could release biofuel waiver refiner names

EPA revives rule that could release biofuel waiver refiner names

April 14, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency moved forward in what is considered as a win for the corn industry with its first step in reviving part of a rule that could reveal the names of oil refineries that applied for exemptions that have been marking controversy recently. The waiver program has been critiqued […]

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China currently reviewing USGS proposal to lower tariffs on US-based imports

China currently reviewing USGS proposal to lower tariffs on US-based imports

April 11, 2019 |

In China, Reuters reports that the country’s commerce ministry is reviewing a request from the US Grains Council to review anti-dumping measures with an eye to reducing the import tariff on US-origin DDGS. The US farm belt has been hit hard by the on-going trade war between the US and China, especially corn and soy […]

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Costa Rica drops E8 plans less than a week after announcing them

Costa Rica drops E8 plans less than a week after announcing them

April 10, 2019 |

In Costa Rica, the state-owned oil refinery RECOPE’s plan to introduce E8 by the end of May was postponed just five days after its announcement and purchase contracts to buy the required ethanol have been voided by constitutional court. Though discussions about an ethanol blend may begin again next year, in the meantime work will […]

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Agriculture secretary sees progress with China on ethanol tariffs

Agriculture secretary sees progress with China on ethanol tariffs

April 9, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the agriculture secretary says tariff negotiations with China over ethanol trade are going well but still no indications of a deal will finally be reached or at what level the Chinese could cut the import tariffs too. He also told reporters that he had spoken with the administrator of the […]

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Iowa congresswoman introduces bipartisan biodiesel tax credit extension bill

Iowa congresswoman introduces bipartisan biodiesel tax credit extension bill

April 8, 2019 |

In Washington, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) introduced the Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act, a two-year extension of the biodiesel tax credit. Congress had previously extended the tax credit retroactively for 2017 but left it expired for 2018 and beyond. Producers and businesses at every stage of the biodiesel production and consumption process rely on these […]

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India offers the U.S. a resolution to trade issues

India offers the U.S. a resolution to trade issues

April 7, 2019 |

In India, Union Minister Suresh Prabhu said that the commerce ministry made an offer to the U.S. to resolve trade issues between the two countries, including various agricultural and IT trade sectors. The trade balance is in favor with India currently with India’s exports to the U.S. in 2017-18 at USD 47.9 billion, while imports […]

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