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USDA Guarantees $91 Million for Innovative Louisiana Biofuel Plant

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Friday announced a $91 million loan guarantee to help finance an innovative advanced biofuel plant in Rapides Parish, Louisiana.  ”This partnership is the latest example of the Obama Administration’s continuing support for innovative, home-grown energy sources,”

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Senators ask for Study on Impact of Rail Problems

Earlier this week, U.S. Senator John Thune of South Dakota and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota sent a letter to USDA calling for an economic analysis of rail service challenges facing agricultural shippers. The senators called for Secretary Tom Vilsack to

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Governors’ Biofuels Coalition Renews Call to Restore RFS Production Levels

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, chairman and vice chairman of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, have sent a letter urging the Obama Administration to ensure the development of domestically produced renewable fuels by amending EPA’s proposed RFS

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Indiana Forage Field Day set for Oct. 30 in Trafalgar

Forage growers and livestock producers will have the opportunity to see the diverse use of forages during Indiana Forage Field Day activities in the Trafalgar area. The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 30 at


Iowa GOP Makes Biodiesel Campaign Stop

Iowa biodiesel producers and soybean farmers hosted Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst at the REG Newton biodiesel plant last week. Industry representatives also had a private meeting with Ernst where  executive director Grant Kimberley said


New Ad Campaign Highlights Risks of Cutting American Renewable Fuel Production

With “the U.S. government risking American troops to protect Middle East oil interests,” a new series of advertisements on radio, cable and online in the DC market tells the public and decision-makers that “the Renewable Fuel Standard could end our addiction to

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US Ethanol Production Drops to Six-Month Low

US ethanol stocks for the week ended September 19 shed 213,000 barrels to 18.592 million barrels, falling from an 18-month high as production plunged 42,000 b/d to 889,000 b/d, Energy Information Administration data showed Wednesday. Production tumbled to a six-month low


DOE Supports Taller Wind Turbine Tower Development

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $2 million to support the development of technologies to harness stronger winds available at higher heights. The goal is to increase the amount of wind energy produced. The projects will take place

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Obama Admin Own Worst Enemy on Climate?

A in Monday’s New York Times tells President Obama that if his administration accepts the EPA’s proposal to fundamentally alter the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)—a decision the President is expected to make soon—he “will have inadvertently done more to damage [his] climate


Federal Government Investing in Biorefineries for Military

Three companies were awarded contract to construct biorefineries for “drop in” biofuels for the military and private sector on Friday. The Departments of Navy, Energy and Agriculture announced the contracts under a 2011 presidential directive. The contracts are part of


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Overnight Highlights ·         The European Central Bank is believed to have purchased Spanish bonds overnight, adding pressure to the euro, while pushing the dollar to one-week highs. ·         The ECB is trying to keep the Euro-zone out of another recession


Jim Riley Market Review for 10/21/2014

Agriculture today is not what it was a decade ago and the futures market that is at the heart of the world farm economy has changed dramatically in just the past few years. Electronic trading and speculative funds have rendered