Tag: Iowa

Trump in Iowa in last ditch effort to keep ethanol sector on his side

Trump in Iowa in last ditch effort to keep ethanol sector on his side

October 15, 2020 |

In Iowa, the Associated Press reports that President Trump is campaigning in Iowa with a strong focus on his ethanol record as a reason for voters to send him back to the White House for a second term. He pointed to year-round E15 coming into effect under his direction as well as securing bailouts for […]

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USDA so far invested $22M in HBIIP program

USDA so far invested $22M in HBIIP program

October 8, 2020 |

In Iowa, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has invested $22 million out of the up to $100 million in grants available to increase American ethanol and biodiesel sales. These funds were made available through the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) to recipients in 14 states. […]

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Iowa Senator fighting tough re-election race with her biofuel track record in the spotlight

Iowa Senator fighting tough re-election race with her biofuel track record in the spotlight

September 30, 2020 |

In Iowa, Platts reports that the democratic nominee for US Senator from Iowa hit hard at the incumbent Joni Ernst during a debate earlier this week, blaming the senator for voting to confirm the Environmental Protection Agency administrator despite him being a former oil lobbyist likely to continue issuing small refinery exemptions. The senator together […]

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President Trump trying to woo Midwest voters by finally implementing Wishlist

President Trump trying to woo Midwest voters by finally implementing Wishlist

September 24, 2020 |

In Iowa, with less than six weeks until the presidential election, Reuters reports President Trump is in a hurry to make good on his promises to the ethanol industry in order to secure the Midwest. The wish list by the ethanol industry presented by Iowa senators at a meeting with the president in September 2019 […]

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COVID-19 still wreaking havoc on CO2 supplies

COVID-19 still wreaking havoc on CO2 supplies

September 22, 2020 |

In Iowa, Gasworld reports that the impacts of COVID-19 on CO2 availability nationwide has shifted as time has moved on, first due to ethanol production shutdowns and more recently due to shutdowns of ammonia plants that produce CO2. When ethanol plants shut down this spring with the onset of the pandemic, demand fell in line […]

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Vilsack and Judge say the damage is done, Trump actions still hurt farmers and biofuels

Vilsack and Judge say the damage is done, Trump actions still hurt farmers and biofuels

September 20, 2020 |

In Iowa, former Secretary Tom Vilsack and former Iowa Lt. Governor Patty Judge said that Trump’s $300 million aid package for oil and gas companies that may come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Commodity Credit Corporation, the same program that would assist struggling farmers and biofuels producers, is “insulting” when similar requests for farmers […]

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Senator Grassley slams IRFA for pushing Trump too hard

Senator Grassley slams IRFA for pushing Trump too hard

September 10, 2020 |

In Iowa, the Hagstrom Report says Senator Chuck Grassley has slammed the state’s renewable fuels association for pushing President Trump too hard on the gap-year issue. Senator Joni Ernst, like President Trump, are in tough re-election races in November and having the SRE issue resolved before the election could be favorable to ethanol voters. Trump […]

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Verbio’s RNG facility at former DuPont cellulosic ethanol plant seen for fall 2021

Verbio’s RNG facility at former DuPont cellulosic ethanol plant seen for fall 2021

September 7, 2020 |

In Iowa, Energy News reports Verbio is installing an anaerobic digester at the former DuPont cellulosic ethanol plant it purchased in 2018 to mimic the installations it has at existing facilities in Germany. The add-on will use up to 100,000 tons of corn stover annually to produce the equivalent of 20 million gallons of gasoline, […]

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Iowa Senate Dem. candidate calls for EPA administrator’s resignation

Iowa Senate Dem. candidate calls for EPA administrator’s resignation

August 27, 2020 |

In Iowa, at a virtual event with former Iowa Governor and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Wapello County educator Melinda Jones last night, businesswoman Theresa Greenfield highlighted and answered questions about her commitment to creating more opportunity throughout rural Iowa, including supporting biofuels. Theresa and Gov. Vilsack laid out how Senator Joni Ernst […]

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Iowa’s governor sets aside $21.5M of CARES funding for biofuels

Iowa’s governor sets aside $21.5M of CARES funding for biofuels

August 25, 2020 |

In Iowa, the governor has announced that $100 million of CARES funding will go to agriculture including the following support schemes for biofuels: $15.5 million — State Biofuel Grant Program — Biofuels producers were excluded from receiving aid under other parts of the CARES Act; this program will provide relief to those Iowa ethanol and […]

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