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2019 Florida Industrial Hemp Conference & Exposition

Florida Industrial Hemp Conference & Expo

The inaugural Florida Industrial Hemp Conference & Exposition takes place in Orlando, FL. With an expectation of 200 attendees the actual number is about 450 according to conference coordinator, Gene Jones. The Florida Industrial Hemp Conference and Exhibition will focus on the development of the industrial hemp industry in Florida. Conference related topics include, but are not limited to: Hemp …

USDA Deputy Secretary on Trade Mission in West Africa

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Steve Censky is on a trade mission to West Africa this week to help United States exporters unlock new opportunities in a region where strong economic growth is driving demand for imported food and farm products. He is joined by representatives of more than 40 companies and organizations seeking to increase exports of U.S. agricultural …

Biofuels Groups Express Concerns at EPA Hearing

Representatives from multiple ethanol and biodiesel stakeholder organizations and companies testified at an Environmental Protection Agency hearing Wednesday on the proposal to make up for volumes lost under the Renewable Fuel Standard due to small refinery waivers. Audio from some witnesses: Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig – (5:42) Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper – (5:16) American …

Biofuels Industry Testifies on Harm Done by RFS Waivers

Biofuels industry representatives testified during a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing Tuesday on how the increase in small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard has hurt ethanol and biodiesel producers and farmers. Opening testimony: Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) – (5:00) Kelly Nieuwenhuis, Iowa farmer and Siouxland Energy Cooperative president, on behalf of Growth Energy (4:50) World Energy …

USDA Unveils Domestic Hemp Production Program

On Tuesday, USDA officials announced the establishment of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program to create a consistent regulatory framework around hemp production throughout the United States. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue commented on the program and Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach and Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey offered details. …

President Trump Cabinet Meeting Comments on China

President Donald Trump talked about China buying agricultural products during a cabinet meeting on Monday, October 21. “If we could get $20 billion a year from China — that China purchases $20 billion a year of agricultural product — that would be a great thing,” said President Trump. “And I said, ‘I want more.’ They said, “The farmers can’t handle …

President Trump Praises Refinery Waivers

During a cabinet meeting on Monday October 21, President Donald Trump praised EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler for making small refineries happy by granting them waivers from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). “And I know you’re working on the small refineries — getting that straightened away so that it’s going to be terrific for the small refineries,” President Trump said to …

USDA Deputy Provides Farm Bill Update

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing Thursday to hear from USDA Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky regarding implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill, and commented on the EPA supplemental proposal out this week. Listen to his opening remarks below and read full testimony. (5:14) The announcement out of EPA this week regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard …

Ethanol Report on RFA Reaction to EPA Proposal

The Ethanol Report

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is critical of the Supplemental Proposal for Renewable Fuels Volumes issued by EPA on October 15. “Simply put, this proposal is not what was promised by the administration (on October 4) and fails to answer President Trump’s personal call for a stronger conventional biofuel requirement of more than 15 billion,” says RFA president and CEO …

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Iowa Groups Outraged Over EPA Proposal

Representatives of Iowa’s corn, ethanol, biodiesel and soybean producers held a press conference Wednesday in response to the Supplemental Proposal for Renewable Fuels Volumes released Tuesday by EPA. Iowa Corn Growers Association CEO Craig Floss quoted one farmer who is outraged over the proposal. “No more Iowa Nice, now it’s Iowa Pissed.” Floss was joined by Iowa Soybean Association farmer …

Biofuels Groups Disappointed With EPA Proposal

The Environmental Protection Agency issued a Supplemental Proposal for Renewable Fuels Volumes Tuesday, following up on the administration plan announced October 4. Biofuel groups expressed disappointment in the proposal, which they say is different than what was presented to them. “If the Oct. 4 announcement from EPA was a big step forward, today’s supplemental proposal is a step backward,” said …

Ethanol Report on RFS Moving Forward

The Ethanol Report

It was a year ago this week that President Trump announced he was instructing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to initiate a rulemaking process that would allow E15 to be sold year round. This year, it was proposed relief from small refinery exemptions announced last week to restore integrity to the RFS that is giving the ethanol industry renewed energy …

Florida Industrial Hemp Conference to be Held in November

The inaugural Florida Industrial Hemp Conference (FIHCE 2019) will be held November 3-5 in Orlando. FIHCE 2019 is a networking and educational event designed to foster the development of an industrial hemp industry in Florida. Topics at the conference include the latest information on the hemp market, state and federal legislation, growing and cultivation, research, banking, and lots more. Gene …

Agriculture Wins With Japan Agreement

President Donald Trump gathered farmers and ranchers and other stakeholders at the White House on Monday for the signing of the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement. In his remarks prior to the signing, President Trump talked about the many agricultural commodities that will benefit from the new agreement.

Biofuels Industry Reacts to Administration Plan

The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a plan Friday to promote biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard in an effort to make up for small refinery exemptions (SRE)that have caused many renewable fuel plants to halt production. Under the plan, EPA will propose and request public comment on expanding biofuel requirements beginning in 2020 and will …