RFA Reaction to EPA Proposal

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ethanol-report-adAgency (EPA) has released its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2014, 2015 and 2016 and Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen is disappointed.

In this interview, Dinneen talks about why he believes the proposal is a step backward for the RFS and how it places the potential growth in renewable fuels in the hands of the oil companies.

Interview with RFA CEO Bob Dinneen on EPA RFS volume proposal

Separate sound bites:

Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen says EPA’s proposed volume requirements under the RFS are a step backward.
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Dinneen compares what EPA has proposed for each year to what he believes it should be under the statute.
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Dinneen reacts to EPA’s assessment that the proposal is “ambitious and responsible.”
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Dinneen commends USDA for announcing funding for higher ethanol blend infrastructure such as blender pumps.
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The EPA is accepting comment on the proposed volume levels until July 27 and there will be a public hearing on it next month.
RFA-rfs-rvo-5 :38

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EPA Proposes RFS Volume Obligations

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epa-150Beating the announced deadline of June 1, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed the volume requirements under the RFS program for 2014, 2015, and 2016 for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel. EPA is also proposing the volume requirement for biomass-based diesel for 2017.

EPA is proposing to set the renewable fuel standards for 2014 at the levels that were actually produced and used as transportation fuel, heating oil or jet fuel in the contiguous U.S. and Hawaii. For 2015 and 2016, EPA is proposing ambitious increases in both advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel in comparison to 2014 levels. This proposed rulemaking also provides an evaluation of the expected volumes of cellulosic biofuel for 2015 and 2016, and proposes annual increases in the required volume of biomass-based diesel for 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Announcing the proposal today was Janet McCabe, EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. EPA Announces RFS RVO proposal

McCabe took a number of questions from the media on the proposal. EPA RVO proposal media question and answer

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New Food Bio Security Facility Groundbreaking

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nbaf-groundbreakThis week Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack helped to break ground on the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, Kansas.

Secretaries Johnson and Vilsack were joined by a number of dignitaries on Wednesday to celebrate the groundbreaking, including Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran of Kansas, Reps. Tim Huelskamp and Lynn Jenkins and others.

Remarks from Secretaries Vilsack and Johnson at NBAF groundbreaking Remarks from Gov. Brownback at NBAF groundbreaking Remarks from Sens. Roberts and Moran at NBAF groundbreaking Remarks from Reps. Huelskamp and Jenkins at NBAF groundbreaking
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Iteris Announces General Availability of ClearAg

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Iteris, Inc., a leader in providing information solutions to the transportation and agriculture markets, announced the general availability of ClearAg™, a decision support application for precision farming.

The new ClearAg features, which are available internationally, are Crop Health Advisory Services that assist in defining, defending, and clarifying what is happening in farm fields. Crop Health Advisory Services feature new endpoints around planting and harvest timing, pest and disease emergence, crop nutrition, crop canopy conditions, and irrigation.

Agribusinesses, crop consultants, and growers can access the ClearAg crop health and decision support product suite through the ClearAg web application or through a programmatic data service via APIs that readily integrate with third-party agriculture software applications.

“With the production release of our ClearAg APIs and ClearAg App, we look forward to equipping the agriculture industry with the highest quality, field-level weather, water, global soil and crop health information for effective farm operations,” said Tom Blair, senior vice president of Iteris’ Performance Analytics Division. “Following positive and constructive feedback from our ClearAg beta program, general availability of our ClearAg App and ClearAg APIs enable agribusinesses and growers to understand what is going on in their fields at any given moment. Whether they are in the field or in the office, whether they use the ClearAg App, or their own App empowered by ClearAg APIs, we are committed to empowering our customers with the best information so they can make better, faster, and more informed decisions from seed selection to planting and harvest timing.”

The new ClearAg precision farming services follow previous product launches of ClearAg Select field-level precision weather and ClearAg Prime global soil application services. Together, ClearAg decision support products optimize crop production, maximize farm management resources, increase crop yield, and improve field operations.

Read full release here.

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NRCS Launches Conservation Gateway

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nrcs-gatewayFarmers, ranchers and private forest landowners can now do business with U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through a new Conservation Client Gateway web portal.

NRCS chief Jason Weller says the portal will allow producers will have the ability to work with conservation planners online to access Farm Bill programs, request assistance and track payments for their conservation activities. Weller says the portal has been in development for years and was tested in the real world by early adopters like Iowa farmer Tim Palmer who joined him in making the announcement for the nationwide launch of the tool. NRCS Conservation Client Gateway announcement

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WOTUS Final Rule Announced

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epa-army-corpsThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule that has become known as the Waters of the United States or WOTUS.

According to EPA, the rule “ensures that waters protected under the Clean Water Act are more precisely defined and predictably determined, making permitting less costly, easier, and faster for businesses and industry.”

EPA administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy announced the final rule on Wednesday:Final WOTUS rule announcement

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Seed Industry Part of Pollinator Plan

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asta-logoThis week, the Task Force released its strategy, under the joint leadership of EPA and USDA and agriculture industry reaction to the plan has been very positive overall.

In this interview, American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) CEO Andy LaVigne talks about how the industry provided input in the development of the plan. He also discusses the upcoming 132nd ASTA Annual Convention in Washington DC, June 17-20, where pollinator health will be one of many topics on the agenda. Interview with Andy LaVigne, American Seed Trade Association

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USFRA Toledo Food Dialogues to Focus on Water

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usfra-toledoLast year’s toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie at Toledo, Ohio, that left half a million people without clean water, underscored the delicate balance that exists between farming and drinking supplies. That’s why the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) chose Toldeo as the site for the next Food Dialogues on Tuesday, May 28, starting at 9 a.m. ET.

This session is sponsored by USFRA, the Ohio Farm Bureau, and several ag groups in the state. Registration for a livestream of the event is available at the Food Dialogues website or through the Ohio Farm Bureau website.

Interview with USFRA CEO Randy Krotz on Toledo Food Dialogues
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Alltech REBELation 2015

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alltech-rebelationOver 3,000 REBELs representing 68 countries came together to share ideas, innovate, and reignite a passion for exploration at Alltech’s REBELation Week in Lexington, KY this week.

The Alltech REBELation was held May 17-20 in Lexington, KY. This once-in-a-lifetime conference was a merger of “science, agriculture, entrepreneurship, business and marketing to inspire and re-engergize lives and businesses.”

View photos from the event: 2015 Alltech REBELation Photo Album

To Be A REBEL…Think FutureInterview with Aidan Connolly, Alltech

Coach Cal Receives 2015 Alltech Humanitarian AwardRemarks from Coach John Caplipari, UK Basketball

Changing Media ZimmCast from Alltech REBELationChanging Face of Media

REBELS – Challenged to Think DifferentlyInterview with Elizabeth Bagby, Alltech

Colin Powell Addresses REBELationColin Powell Remarks at Alltech Rebelation

Dr. Pearse Lyons – An Alltech REBELDr. Pearse Lyons Remarks

Alltech International Dinner EntertainmentDr. Everett McCorvey & Students

Ronan Tynan Wows Alltech REBELationRonan Tynan Sings

2015 Alltech Commonwealth Cup Winner2015 Alltech Commonwealth Cup Winner


Memorial Weekend Ethanol Audio

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ethanol-report-adIn this Ethanol Report, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen talks about a new report showing RIN credits have no impact on the price of gas, how E10 is safe for boaters, and when he expects to see the long overdue EPA proposal for volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Ethanol Report as Summer Begins

Separate sound bites on topics:

RFA president and CEO Bob Dinneen talks about a new study disputing oil industry claims that the use of RIN credits under the RFS have an impact on gas prices. RFA RINS Report :40

Going in to the Memorial Day weekend, Dinneen also responds to claims by the oil industry and marine engine manufacturers that boaters are demanding ethanol free fuel with his own advice for boaters. RFA Boats :58

After the Memorial Day holiday, Dinneen says the industry will be on the lookout for the release of EPA’s new volume obligation proposal under the RFS, which will include requirements for 2014, 2015 and 2016. RFA EPA Deadline :37

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