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Governors urge RVP waiver to E30
10/14/2019
By Erin Voegele | October 11, 2019   Representatives of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition sent a letter to President Trump Oct. 8 urging him to use existing executive authority take four specific actions aimed and helping to...
EPA: 1.65 billion RINs generated in August
9/30/2019
The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for August, reporting that that nearly 1.65 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 37.37 million cellulosic RINs. Nearly 37.33 million D3 cellulosic...
WAITING FOR ‘BIG PACKAGE’ FUELS ETHANOL FRUSTRATIONS IN THE CORN BELT
9/24/2019
By Natalina Sents 9/24/2019...
Farmers worry ethanol mandates changes will hurt their corn sales
8/26/2019
Central Illinois farmers took their concerns regarding recent changes to ethanol mandates to their U.S. representative on Thursday afternoon. “Ninety-five percent of the corn grown on my farm goes to ethanol or ethanol-related products and...
EPA SHATTERS RURAL HOPES WITH 31 NEW REFINERY EXEMPTIONS
8/12/2019
Trump EPA Shatters Rural Hopes with 31 New Refinery Exemptions   WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved a shocking 31 new refinery exemptions....
Michigan Corn Growers Association Thanks USDA for Federal Crop Insurance Flexibility
6/20/2019
(LANSING) – The Michigan Corn Growers Association (MCGA) today thanked the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for providing increased flexibility under Federal Crop Insurance rules for utilizing forage and cover crops, including corn silage,...
EPA PROPOSAL WOULD RAISE BIOFUEL MANDATE IN 2020
5/14/2019
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing an increase in the biofuels mandate. Two sources with knowledge of the proposal told Reuters that the agency wants to increase the volume of biofuels that refiners must blend...
Groups Urge EPA to Drop RIN Reform and Get E15 Done
4/30/2019
Biofuel stakeholders want EPA to get rid of the excess baggage and get E15 to the finish line before summer driving season starts. The comment...
ASSESSING PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT SKILLS
4/15/2019
Assessing Personnel Management Skills April 8, 2019 Introduction As farms continue to consolidate it becomes increasingly important to assess a farm’s management skills.  At a certain farm size, it is no longer easy or feasible for...
USDA SURPRISES WITH CORN NUMBERS
4/08/2019
USDA Reports Provide Surprises for Corn April 2, 2019 The USDA’s quarterly Grain Stocks report and annual Prospective Planting report delivered surprises to the corn market.  A greater than expected corn stocks number combined with...
HOW TOUGH OF A YEAR WAS 2018 FOR ETHANOL?
4/05/2019
How Tough of a Year was 2018 for Ethanol Production Profits? February 14, 2019 The U.S. ethanol industry faced considerable headwinds in 2018, including the lowest prices over the last decade, policy setbacks in the...
UPDATE FROM THE USDA ECONOMIC RESEARCH SERVICE
2/18/2019
On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS) published an overview of the Conservation Title of the 2018 Farm Bill.  Today’s update looks at a couple key points from...
WHO IS LONLIER.....CITY FOLK OR COUNTRY FOLK.....
2/08/2019
Social isolation and loneliness are increasingly being recognized as urgent public health threats, with risks to health and mortality as serious as those from obesity or smoking. Some researchers have cautioned that rural residents...
Drought-Tolerant Corn in the U.S., New Report from USDA’s Economic Research Service
2/04/2019
January 31, 2019 Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS) published a report that looked at trends in the development of drought-tolerant corn in the United States.  Today’s update...
A TRADE DEAL AND CORN PRICES
1/28/2019
March corn futures prices maintain a range between $3.70 and $3.85 since the onset of the government shutdown.  The range-bound nature of corn prices continues despite projections of lower ending stocks.  While soybean prices...
PROSPECTS FOR CORN USE FROM ETHANOL
12/18/2018
Hubbs, T. “Prospects for Corn Use from Ethanol Production.” farmdoc daily (8):230, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, December 17, 2018.   The WASDE forecast of corn use for ethanol production decreased...
Applying Manure in Unfavorable Conditions
10/29/2018
Applying Manure in Unfavorable Conditions 10/25/2018 Frequent rainfall has delayed harvest across the state, leading to concerns about whether manure application will be completed. The projected favorable forecast the next nine days should provide an...
US Ag Exports Set July Record As China Trade Row Persists
9/17/2018
U.S. Agricultural Exports Set July Record as China Trade Row Persists 9/11/2018 A radio update from USDA on Thursday indicated that U.S. agriculture exports set a record in July. “It’s the best July that the U.S....
Farmers Await Ethanol Increase Decision
5/22/2018
President Donald Trump is considering increasing the amount of ethanol in gasoline. Sen. Chuck Grassley tweeted there is a potential of ethanol increasing from 10 percent (E10) to 15 percent (E15)...
Scouting Cutworms
5/14/2018
Time to Start Scouting For Cutworms 5/4/2018 In previous years, cutworms have been found showing up in winter wheat fields in April or sometimes even earlier in March. This year has been much cooler than...
Too Early To Worry About Corn Acres?
4/20/2018
Too Early to Worry About Corn Acreage? 4/18/2018 Recent unseasonably cold and wet weather over much of the Corn Belt precipitates speculation into the prospect of reduced corn acreage this year. With March prospective plantings...
Corn Hybrids With High Yields Come With More Variability
4/13/2018
Corn Hybrids With High Yields Come With More Variability 4/10/2018 The agriculture industry is in a tough spot; it’s simultaneously tasked with feeding a growing population and minimizing its environmental footprint. For corn breeders, that means...
Export Outlook for Soybeans
3/26/2018
Export Outlook for Soybeans 3/20/2018 Recent adjustments to soybean export projections raise concerns about increased ending stocks this marketing year. Export projections for soybeans put forth by the USDA reflected recent market information associated with export...
Drought Dominates Winter Wheat Landscape
3/19/2018
Wheat Waiting on Rain Drought Dominates the Winter Wheat Landscape 3/13/2018 | 12:54 PM CDT...
Top 10 Preseason Planter Tips
3/16/2018
Top 10 Preseason Planter Tips Go through this quick checklist before you start planting this spring. Level...
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