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  • Feb 13, 2014

    Could the bulls come out for corn?

    A simple 5-10% reduction in corn yields from the 165 trend-line estimate and we are moving new-crop prices to higher ground. I am always amazed at how a simple 6-7% reduction in yield could mean a 40% plus swing to the upside in price. I know its optimistic, but rather than choking on $3.90 corn perhaps we can enjoy chewing on $5.50 corn?...More
  • Dec 10, 2013

    RFS waiver and the future role of biofuels 1

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced a proposal to reduce the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for 2014 from the previous requirement of 18.15 billion gallons to a revised level of 15.21 billion gallons. The EPA proposal represents a reduction of approximately 16% from the original RFS fuel volume for 2014, which was originally established by the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. The overall goal of this legislation was to reduce U.S....More
  • Aug 15, 2013

    Renewable fuel standard and biofuels: Changes to come 5

    The legislature will likely take up a modification of the Renewable Fuel Standard this year, says Scott Kuschmider, director of government affairs, Monsanto. "We've seen a lot of pressure on the RFS," he says....More
  • Nov 20, 2012

    EPA Denies RFS Waiver 28

    The EPA recently announced that it would be denying the request for a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The EPA indicated that the agency did not find the necessary evidence to support a finding of “severe economic harm” that would have warranted the RFS waiver to be granted. EPA used a series of economic analyses and modeling done in conjunction with USDA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)....More
  • Sep 4, 2012

    RFS Being Challenged by Drought

    The 2012 drought has brought the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) into the forefront. The RFS regulations are managed by the EPA, and those regulations are quite complicated. The RFS requires that minimum levels of renewable biofuels must be used to blend gasoline in the U.S. Corn-based ethanol is the primary fuel ingredient that is used to meet the RFS requirement. Currently ethanol makes up about 10% of the U.S. fuel supply, with just over 13 billion gallons of ethanol/year being produced in the U.S....More
  • Aug 21, 2012

    Good News for Ethanol

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Friday ruled 2-1 in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency regulations to allow the distribution of E15 for use in newer vehicles....More

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