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Biofuel Big Business

biofuel corn stalk ethanol gas pumpEverett Griner talks about the biofuel industry in today’s Agri View.

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Finalization of COP 21 Deal

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today made the following statement on the finalization of the COP 21 deal in Paris: “The historic COP21 deal supports a better-nourished, stable, secure future for the United States and every nation. Thanks to a coalition of global leaders led by President Obama, our world is now working together to aggressively address climate change with action and results. Read what this means for farmers and ranchers. ?

Deadline Nearing for Tax Extenders

Congress has until December 18, or just a couple of weeks, to pass tax extenders. The House voted earlier this year to make Section 179 expensing permanent, among other tax extenders, but the Senate Finance Committee has opted instead to revive the expired measures for 2015 and extend them through 2016. Tax extenders yet to see approval by Congress include section 179 expensing, the 50-percent bonus depreciation provision, and tax subsidies for biodiesel and wind power.

Mixed Thoughts on New EPA RFS Rule

corn stalk ethanol gas pumpThe Environmental Protection Agency announced higher volumes of renewable fuel than the levels EPA proposed in June under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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Statement from Secretary Tom Vilsack on Finalization of the Renewable Fuel Standard

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2015—Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s finalization of the Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements:

“The rule released today is a positive step forward providing for continued growth in all parts of the Renewable Fuel Standard—advanced, biodiesel, cellulosic, and conventional—building on the Obama Administration’s and USDA’s commitment to biofuels and American-grown renewable energy. While the Renewable Fuel Standard is one piece of the equation of this commitment, it is not the only piece. Significant strategic investments by this Administration across the board in feedstock production, research, refining capacity, distribution and Read the rest of this entry »

RFS Final Rule Provides Stability and Modest Growth for Biodiesel

From the American Soybean Association:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 30, 2015) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Final Rule setting the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements, including the volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. The American Soybean Association (ASA) appreciates EPA, the U.S Department of Agriculture(USDA) and the Obama Administration for their contributions to Read the rest of this entry »

EPA’s Final Rule A Step Forward for Ethanol

From the National Corn Growers Association:

WASHINGTON (November 30, 2015) – The following is a statement from Maryland farmer Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

“America’s corn farmers are proud to grow a cleaner burning, renewable fuel source for America and the world. In July, we asked Read the rest of this entry »

Southeast AgNet This Week: Georgia Student on National FFA Officer Team; No Convincing Tie with Red Meat to Cancer

Southeast-AgNet-THIS-WEEK-Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes an interview with Abbey Gretsch, the newly elected national FFA southern region vice president, as well as a information on the lack of associations between red meat and cancer. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Ag in Review for the Week Ending October 30, 2015

In our weekly recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we look at how busy the livestock industry was this past week disputing the recent claims that red meat could potentially cause cancer. We also have stories concerning Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments for peanut growers, how Disney is getting involved in promoting produce, how USDA is involved in feral hog control and more.

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USDA Funds Help Florida Company Expand Ethanol Pumps

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack with Steve Walk of Protec Fuel (picture by AgWired)

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack with Steve Walk of Protec Fuel (picture by AgWired)

USDA’s announcement Wednesday that it will be partnering with 21 states through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to nearly double the number of renewable fuel pumps nationwide was big for Florida company, Protec Fuel. Cindy Zimmerman talked with its vice president of Operations and Business Development, Steve Walk, about these new funds.

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USDA Making $210 Million Investment in Renewable Energy Infrastructure

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack at Citgo Station in Kissimmee, FL. (Picture courtesy of AgWired)

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack at Citgo Station in Kissimmee, FL. (Picture courtesy of AgWired)

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Florida today to announce that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is partnering with 21 states through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to nearly double the number of fueling pumps nationwide that supply renewable fuels to American motorists. The 21 states participating in the BIP include Florida, along with Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Vilsack said this is really a winner for the country.

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National FFA Convention Starts Today

ffa-logoMore than 60,000 FFA members and guests from throughout the United States are expected at the 2015 National FFA Convention and Expo that starts today in Louisville, Kentucky.

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