Food Prices Down as Biodiesel Production Grows

Consumers are paying less for food this year as the Consumer Price Index for grocery store items is 2.3 percent lower than last year, all while biodiesel production is higher than ever. The National Biodiesel Board says: “More biodiesel production helps the food supply, despite what opponents incorrectly claim.” Biodiesel production has grown steadily most years since Congress enacted the …

Poultry Industry Fears RFS Increase Will Alter Grain Prices

The U.S. poultry industry is concerned the Renewable Fuel Standard targets for 2017 and 2018 will increase feed prices for poultry farmers. Set by the Environmental Protection Agency, the RFS target for ethanol for 2017 was placed at the statute level of 15 billion gallons. The agency set total biofuel levels – including corn-generated ethanol and biodiesel – at

New Study Refutes Food vs. Fuel Arguments

Over the years, we’ve heard discussions about how using corn to make ethanol is affecting food prices. But according to a story from Gary Crawford, a new study actually refutes that argument. Download Audio

RFA Looks to Grow Ethanol Market with Trump Administration

From the Renewable Fuels Association: WASHINGTON — In response to Donald Trump’s presidential election victory, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen had the following statement: “The president-elect repeatedly expressed strong support for ethanol, generally, and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), specifically, on the campaign trail. He understands the importance of clean, domestic energy resources and the economic power …

NCGA Hosting NASCAR #3 Car at Sunbelt Ag Expo

Those attending this year’s Sunbelt Ag Expo are able to see the NASCAR #3 car, in the National Corn Growers Association tent. Past NCGA President, Martin Barbre says it has been a popular attraction as they talk with folks about the benefits of ethanol. Download Audio

Congress Back in Session This Week

After a seven-week recess, Congress returns to session this week as many have little expectation lawmakers will accomplish much of anything with the November elections looming. Topping the discussion is likely to be the highly debated Zika virus funding, marred in a spat between Democrats and Republicans over last-minute additions to the bill. For agriculture,

The Effectiveness of the Renewable Fuels Standard

The petroleum and ethanol industries went head to head at a congressional hearing on the effectiveness of the Renewable Fuels Standard. Ethanol leaders say the issue boils down to ‘big oil and big dollars’. Download Audio