05-31-19 CO Corn: Year-Round E15, A Renewable Energy Win for Colorado

CO Corn: Year-Round E15, A Renewable Energy Win for Colorado

May 31, 2019 — Presidents of Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA), Colorado Administrative Committee (CCAC) and Vice President of Front Range Ethanol issued statements regarding the final rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) allowing retailers to sell gasoline containing 15% ethanol (E15) year-round. This rule is a win for consumers driving 2001 and newer vehicles, a win for the environment, and a win for the grain corn and ethanol industries in Colorado.“Year-round sales of E15 is overdue,” stated CCGA President Dave Eckhardt, a farmer from Peckham, Colorado. “For years CCGA has advocated for uninterrupted access to this lower-carbon, higher octane, homegrown fuel. We expect EPA will continue to make regulatory changes to modify the renewable identification number (RIN) system bringing transparency to the market and deterring price manipulation.” Continue reading

05-31-19 Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District: Pueblo Dam power plant begins operations

The exterior of the James W. Broderick Hydroelectric Power Facility at Pueblo Dam, which began producing electricity this week.

Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District: Pueblo Dam power plant begins operations

The $20 million James W. Broderick Hydroelectric Power Facility at Pueblo Reservoir began operations this week after testing and commissioning were completed during May.

The plant will produce electricity by harnessing flows that pass through the north outlet of the dam into the Arkansas River. Water rushing through the turbines is not consumed during the process, but simply returns to the river.

The Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District signed a Lease of Power Privilege with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in August of 2017, and began construction shortly afterward. Reclamation approved full operations this week. Continue reading

05-31-19 The Annex by Ardent Mills and Colorado Quinoa, LLC Ink Exclusive Partnership

The Annex by Ardent Mills and Colorado Quinoa, LLC Ink Exclusive Partnership

Relationship strengthens U.S.-grown quinoa availability; supports Colorado farmers and water stewardship

Denver, Colo.—May 31, 2019––The Annex by Ardent Mills (The Annex) today announced a new partnership with Colorado Quinoa, LLC to clean, mill and market quinoa grown in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. Through the relationship, commercial customers benefit from the many advantages of U.S.-grown quinoa including stable pricing, scalable supply, sustainability and traceability back to local farms, all backed by the resources and support of Ardent Mills.

“We are excited to collaborate with Colorado Quinoa as part of our commitment to ancient and heirloom grains, plant-based ingredients and value-added products,” said Shrene White, General Manager, The Annex. “By being the exclusive supplier of Colorado Quinoa™, we are furthering our commitment to family farms, the future of food and making The Annex the go-to source for domestically grown quinoa for our customers.”

A staple ingredient in high demand Continue reading

05-31-19 EPA: Final Rulemaking for Modifications to Fuel Regulations to Provide Flexibility for E15 and to Elements of the Renewable Identification Number Compliance System

EPA: Final Rulemaking for Modifications to Fuel Regulations to Provide Flexibility for E15 and to Elements of the Renewable Identification Number Compliance System

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Rule Summary

On May 30, 2019, EPA finalized regulatory changes to allow gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol (E15) to take advantage of the 1-psi Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver that currently applies to E10 during the summer months. EPA is also finalizing regulatory changes to modify certain elements of the renewable identification number (RIN) compliance system under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program, in order to bring greater transparency to the market and deter price manipulation.

Under the finalized expansion, E15 will be allowed to be sold year-round without additional RVP control rather than just eight months of the year.

The finalized reforms to RIN markets include: Continue reading

05-31-19 ACE grateful EPA has finally cut the RVP red tape, enabling retailers to offer E15 to their customers year-round

ACE grateful EPA has finally cut the RVP red tape, enabling retailers to offer E15 to their customers year-round

Sioux Falls, SD (May 31, 2019) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings issued the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its finalized rule extending the 1-psi Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver to E15 during the summer months to allow its sale year-round and modifying Renewable Identification Number (RIN) credit trading:

“EPA’s rule means U.S. retailers finally have the opportunity to offer E15 to their customers year round as the peak summer driving season kicks off this weekend. We’re grateful EPA kept the President’s promise to get the rulemaking done on time and we will work to ensure retailers understand their hands are no longer tied by red tape preventing them from offering a lower priced, higher octane E15 fuel to their customers all year starting this summer. For the ethanol industry and farmers, this means greater market access — more ethanol demand over the long term as additional retailers begin offering E15. Continue reading

05-31-19 Under Secretary McKinney to Lead U.S. Exporters on Trade Mission to Colombia

Under Secretary McKinney to Lead U.S. Exporters on Trade Mission to Colombia

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2019 – Colombia and Panama are among the fastest-growing markets in the Western Hemisphere for U.S. farm and food products. American exporters seeking to tap that potential will join Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney in Bogotá for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s largest-ever international trade mission June 4-7.

“The record size of this trade mission delegation demonstrates the degree of U.S. exporter interest in these markets,” McKinney said. “I’m thrilled that representatives from 54 agribusiness and associations and six state departments of agriculture are on board and ready to connect with potential customers from both Colombia and Panama.” Continue reading

05-31-19 USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on Final E-15 Rule

USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on Final E-15 Rule

May 31, 2019, Washington D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule on E-15:

“I appreciate President Trump’s steadfast support for our patriotic farmers and for his commitment to expand the sale of E15 and unleash the full potential of American innovation and ingenuity as we continue to demonstrate our rightful place as the world’s leader in agricultural and energy production,” said Secretary Sonny Perdue. “This move to approve the year-round use of E15 in time for the summer driving season provides consumers with more choices when they fill up at the pump, driving demand for our farmers and improving the air we breathe. While the Trump Administration and USDA are expanding the ethanol market in the United States, we continue to fight for more export markets in Brazil, Mexico, China, and other countries across the globe. I applaud Administrator Andrew Wheeler for moving expeditiously to finalize this important E15 rule.”


05-31-19 NPPC Appeal: Let’s Move Forward with USMCA, Leave Tariffs at Zero

NPPC Appeal: Let’s Move Forward with USMCA, Leave Tariffs at Zero 

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 31, 2019 – In response to President Trump’s plan to impose five percent tariffs on all Mexican imports as of June 10, 2019, David Herring, president of the National Pork Producers Council and a pork producer from Lillington, North Carolina, issued the following statement:

“We appeal to President Trump to reconsider plans to open a new trade dispute with Mexico. American pork producers cannot afford retaliatory tariffs from its largest export market, tariffs which Mexico will surely implement. Over the last year, trade disputes with Mexico and China have cost hard-working U.S. pork producers and their families approximately $2.5 billion. Continue reading

05-31-19 RFA Applauds Final Rule Allowing Year-Round E15

RFA Applauds Final Rule Allowing Year-Round E15

ST. LOUIS — The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today welcomed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule allowing retailers to sell gasoline containing 15% ethanol (E15) year-round. Today’s action fulfills President Trump’s promise to eliminate the summertime prohibition on E15, a fuel that offers lower cost, reduced emissions, and higher octane. Continue reading

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Mexico Begins Process to Ratify USMCA

Mexico plans for quick ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, setting the process in motion following action by Canada earlier this week. That leaves the U.S. behind both in the process as the Trump administration has yet to formally introduce the agreement to Congress. Vice President Mike Pence visited Canada Thursday to discuss moving the deal forward as Canada formally introduced the agreement to lawmakers earlier this week. Mexico’s President reported the documents were sent to Mexico’s Senate Thursday, and officials from Mexico were hopeful the U.S. would ratify the deal by July, according to the Associated Press. Mexico’s Senate is in recess, but officials say they would seek a special session to consider the agreement. However, the Trump administration must present the agreement to Congress, and a vote could follow 60 days later. The House must vote on the agreement first, with no amendments, per Trade Promotion Authority. Democrats in the House have questioned provision in the agreement regarding labor and enforcement.

Court Strikes 2015 Water Rule

A federal court earlier this week invalidated the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers’ 2015 expansion of federal jurisdiction over small and isolated waters. After years of litigation in suits filed by dozens of state governments and trade groups, this is the first court to reach a final decision on the lawfulness of the 2015 Waters of the United States rule. The U.S. Court for the Southern District of Texas ruled that the agencies violated basic requirements of fair process when they concluded the 2015 rulemaking, without first releasing for comment a key report that was the basis for many of their most controversial decisions. The order came in response to suits by a group of 17 private-sector plaintiffs that included the American Farm Bureau Federation. The groups challenged the 2015 WOTUS rule as unlawfully expanding federal jurisdiction at the expense of state and municipal authority and offending basic rules of fair process. Several other legal challenges to the 2015 rule remain pending in federal courts across the country. The Trump administration has proposed to repeal the rule and issue a new regulation that better defines federal waters.

Senate Democrats Oppose U.S. Trade Aid for Foreign Companies

Nine U.S. Senators led by Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow are sharing concern over U.S. trade aid going to foreign companies. With the administration using up to $1.4 billion to purchase commodities, the group says the Department of Agriculture is allowing foreign companies to profit from the plan aimed to assist U.S. farmers. Stabenow, the top Democrat of the Senate Ag Committee, points out the first round of trade aid included purchase contracts of nearly $62.5 million in pork products from JBS USA, which is owned by Brazilian parent company JBS SA. A letter to USDA from the Senators calls the move “counterproductive,” adding its “unacceptable that American taxpayers have been subsidizing competitors through trade assistance.” The letter was signed by all Democrats, including Senator Stabenow, along with Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Ohio’s Sherrod Brown, Vermont’s Patrick Leahy, Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal, Washington’s Patty Murray, Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar, and Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin. Baldwin questioned the funding last week in a standalone statement following the announcement of the trade aid program.

New Census of Agriculture Products

The Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Thursday released the 2017 Census of Agriculture State and County Profiles. The profiles provide a summary or snapshot of key pieces of information on land, farms, market value of ag products sold, rankings, and producer characteristics. The profiles are a quick way to see what’s going on with ag in your state and county, to show the value of ag at the local level. The profiles provide producers with a way to evaluate historical trends, assess the need to advocate for policies and programs that support their commodities and communities, and develop new and improved methods to increase agricultural production and profitability. Further, on June 26, NASS will release the Congressional District Profiles and Rankings. Additional Census of Agriculture products, such as the watershed report, zip code tabulations, and race, ethnicity and gender profiles. Access the full 2017 Census of Agriculture report and all associated products such as highlight videos and publications at www.nass.usda.gov/AgCensus.

USDA Announces Loans to Improve Rural Electric Infrastructure

New loans announced Thursday by the Department of agriculture will help improve rural electric services. USDA says approximately 450,000 residents and commercial customers will benefit from the loans on projects approved in 17 states. Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley made the announcement of the loans, valued at $858 million. Baxley says the investment “creates jobs and helps deliver services such as education, training and health care to build stronger rural communities.” Carroll Electric Cooperative of Arkansas and Missouri received the largest loan, valued at $263 million for nearly 1,000 miles of electric line improvements and smart grid technologies. Meanwhile, a $94 million loan for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority Generation in Arizona and Utah will use part of the funds to build a 55.1-megawatt solar facility. Other funded projects for electric cooperatives are located in the Carolina’s, Kentucky, The Dakota’s and Minnesota, along with Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, along with Texas.

Former Senate Ag Chair Cochran Passes

Former Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman and longtime Mississippi lawmaker Thad Cochran passed away Thursday at 81. Cochran served more than 45 years in the Senate, before he resigned last April due to health concerns. Cochran, a Navy veteran, previously served three terms in the House of Representatives before joining the Senate. Cochran chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee at the time of his retirement. Current Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts in a statement said he treasured Cochran’s friendship, as the two worked on multiple farm bills together. Roberts called Cochran a “good man and a level-headed legislator, qualities that are becoming scarce in Washington.” President Donald Trump on Twitter called Cochran a “real Senator with incredible values.” Cindy Hyde-Smith, then Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture at the time of Cochran’s retirement, was appointed to his Senate spot when he retired. Hyde-Smith won reelection in 2018, defeating former Ag Secretary Mike Espy in a runoff election.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service