WRRDA Flows Out of Conference

In Audio, government, Transportation by Cindy

The long-awaited Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) conference report was released by House and Senate negotiators on Thursday, to the great relief of agricultural interests and others who wondered if they would ever see the day. Conference committee member Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL) is pleased with the final outcome. “The conference report I believe is a well balanced …

Happy Tax Day!

In General, government, Policy by Cindy

Seriously, who says that? Nobody, that’s who. Still, it’s one of those two sure things in life – but the other one only happens to us once while taxes happen every year! Taxes were appropriately part of the agenda last week during hearings and press conferences on Capitol Hill. During a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on tax issues, …

The Littlest Ethanol Lobbyist

In Audio, Ethanol, government by Cindy

Wearing a tie and sporting a “Don’t Mess with the RFS” button, 10-year-old Ethan Fagen was the youngest of the grassroots lobbyists at the recent American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Biofuels Beltway March on Capitol Hill. Ethan came along with his grandfather, Ron Fagen of Fagen, Inc., and he was right in the trenches with him handing out materials and …

Talking with Lawmakers on Capitol Hill

In Audio, Ethanol, government by Cindy

During National Agriculture Day and American Coalition for Ethanol Fly-in activities just two weeks ago, I was able to interview three farm-state lawmakers from the Midwest about issues important to agriculture. All three are strong supporters for farmers and ranchers and all serve on their agriculture committees. I asked all of them about the Renewable Fuel Standard and we discussed …

Energy Independence No Greased Pig Fantasy

In Activism, American Ethanol, Biofuels, Current News, Environmental, Ethanol, Farming, government, Sustainability, Trade by Mark

There is an old saying…”make hay while the sun is shining.” Dating back to at least 1546 this traditional farmer logic translates into grab opportunity while you can. This has never been truer regarding the nation’s energy situation. A new report by the Energy Information Administration makes that abundantly clear. EIA says the greased pig fantasy of energy independence in …

Corn Farmers March for Biofuels in the Beltway

In Audio, Biofuels, Ethanol, government by Cindy

There were over 25 battalions of ethanol troops on Capitol Hill last week as part of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) sixth annual Biofuels Beltway March ACE president Ron Alverson, a South Dakota farmer and board member for Dakota Ethanol, says the teams had appointments with the offices of more than 130 senators and representatives, and he thought they …

Dr. Borlaug to Join Statuary Hall

In General, government by Cindy

National Agriculture Day celebrations in Washington DC this year just happen to fall on March 25, the centennial anniversary date of the Father of the Green Revolution. As a fitting tribute, the State of Iowa will install a bronze statue of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug in the U.S. Capitol on that very day. Each state is allowed to have two …

CARB Serves Up Murky Alphabet Soup

In Biofuels, Ethanol, government by Cindy

The iLUC analysis by CARB for the LCFS was based, in part, on EWG recommendations and included GTAP, AEZ-EF, and GREET models, input from EPA and USDA, consideration of RFS2, and also looked at contribution of DDGS and significance of YPE. Watching a webcast of a California Air Resources Board (CARB) workshop this past week detailing preliminary staff results on …

EPA Official Talks about RFS Proposal

In Administration, Audio, Ethanol, government by Cindy

The man directly responsible for the EPA proposal to lower the 2014 volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) last week addressed members of the ethanol industry directly impacted by that plan. “I really wanted to provide you with some context and what our thinking was behind our 2014 RVO proposal,” said Chris Grundler, EPA Director of the Office …