Reaction to Final #RFS Numbers from @EthanolRFA

Cindy Zimmerman Leave a Comment

rfalogo1The Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule for volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) “puts the future of biofuels and climate policy in the hands of the oil industry,” according to Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen.

Listen to interview here: Interview with RFA CEO Bob Dinneen on final RFS rule

audio, Ethanol, RFA

Growth Energy Reacts Positively to Improved #RFS

Joanna Schroeder Leave a Comment

Growth Energy logoGrowth Energy reacted positively to the improved and final renewable volume obligation numbers (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) released by the EPA during a press call.

On the call, Tom Buis, Growth Energy co-chairman, said that on behalf of its members, Growth was specifically pleased that the RVOs have been finalized after such a long delay and that the levels have increased from the original proposal. Jeff Broin, co-chairman of Growth added that while moving in the right direction, there is still much room to grow.

Listen to the full press call here: Growth Energy RFS RVO Reaction Presser

audio, Biofuels, Ethanol, Renewable Energy

EPA Releases Final RFS RVOs

Joanna Schroeder Leave a Comment

epa-150The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a media call to announce the final volume requirements (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard program for 2014, 2015 and 2016. The EPA also discussed the final RVOs for biomass-based diesel for 2014-2017.

On the call was Janet McCabe, acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation who noted, technologies for advanced biofuels have not developed as fast as Congress anticipated. She said the final rules were designed to go beyond the blend wall as Congress intended and are a blend of legislative intentions and real-world circumstances.

Listen to the full press call: EPA Announces Final RVO Numbers

agribusiness, audio, Biodiesel, Ethanol, Renewable Energy

RFA Discusses Ethanol’s Climate Impacts on Media Call

Joanna Schroeder

rfalogo1On a press conference call today hosted by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) leading experts in the field of lifecycle greenhouse gas analysis and agricultural land use discussed the climate impacts of ethanol production and use, compared to the impacts of petroleum and other energy alternatives.

Speakers also addressed what they called flawed arguments made by ethanol opponents—including Timothy Searchinger and John DeCicco—on a different media call earlier in the day. To set the record straight, the biofuel experts discussed the actual greenhouse gas emissions impacts of ethanol.

The press call was moderated by Geoff Cooper, Senior Vice President, RFA.  Experts on the call included:

  • Stefan Unnasch, Senior Partner, Life Cycle Associates
  • Susan Boland, Scientist, Life Cycle Associates
  • Steffen Mueller, Principal Economist, Energy Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Prof. Wally Tyner, Energy and Agricultural Economist, Purdue University

Listen to the press conference here: RFA Ethanol Climate Impact Presser

audio, Biofuels, Environment, Ethanol, RFA

Growth Introduces Ethanol Ad Featuring Celeb Chris Soules

Joanna Schroeder

On a press conference call today Growth Energy and Iowa Farmer Chris Soules of “The Bachelor” and “Dancing with the Stars” fame announced a new week-long television ad featuring Soules on the economic benefits of ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in rural America. The ad hits airwaves just days before the Obama Administration is due to announce its final rule on the RFS. The ad is airing in Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana.

On the call was Tom Buis, Co-Chair, Growth Energy and Chris Soules, Fourth-Generation Farmer and Star of “The Bachelor” and “Dancing with the Stars”.

Listen to the full press call along with the Q&A session here: Growth Energy-Chris Soules Ad Press Call

agribusiness, audio, Biofuels, Ethanol

CFI Study on Consumer Trust in Food

Cindy Zimmerman

foodintegrity1New research from the Center for Food Integrity (CFI) shows that improved transparency increases consumer trust in food.

CFI CEO Charlie Arnot says they surveyed 2,000 people to discover which attributes are most important to consumers when it comes to trust-building transparency – policies, practices, performance or verification – and found that practices are most important.

The Center for Food Integrity intends to take the research they have done and use it to help the food and agriculture take action.

Learn more in this interview with Arnot: Interview with Charlie Arnot, Center for Food Integrity

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Fuels America Launches “Obama” Climate Campaign

Joanna Schroeder

Screen Shot 2015-11-20 at 9.57.22 AMOn a press conference call, top executives from Fuels America announced the launch of a new ad campaign targeting President Obama and urging him to lead the world on climate by getting the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) back on track as he heads into international climate talks. Speakers also discussed how the Administration’s decision on the RFS will be critical in determining if the U.S. will lead by example on climate action.

The campaign, which is a six-figure buy consisting of a full page ad in the New York Times and digital ads in the Beltway, comes just days before President Obama will attend international climate talks and the Administration’s final rule on the RFS due November 30.

Speakers on the call included Adam Monroe, President of the Americas, Novozymes; Roger Johnson, President, National Farmers Union; Delayne Johnson, CEO, Quad County Corn Processors; and Chris Standlee, Executive Vice President, Global Affairs, Abengoa Bioenergy.

Listen to the press conference and Q&A session here: Fuels America New Campaign Press Call

audio, Biofuels, Environment

ZimmCast with NAFB VP Tom Cassidy

Joanna Schroeder

zimmcast-image-postingA new slate of National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) officers and board members were elected last week during the NAFB annual convention. Tom Cassidy with Ag Radio Network, New York was elected as Vice President and Chuck Zimmerman spoke with Tom about what he thinks of the state of the farm broadcasting industry, new technology and issues to work on in the future in this week’s ZimmCast.

Tom is a former dairy farmer who got into farm broadcasting by meeting the legendary Ed Slusarczyk, who passed away in 2006. Tom married Ed’s daughter Holly and took over the network, which he now owns.

Learn more about Tom in this week’s ZimmCast: Tom Cassidy, NAFB Vice President

Subscribe to the ZimmCast podcast here.

NAFB Convention Photo Album

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RFA Updates

Cindy Zimmerman

e85-pricesThe Renewable Fuels Association has unveiled a redesigned version of its popular fuel market website

During an interview at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting last week, RFA Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White said they have been working on the upgrade since they acquired earlier this year. “We think this will allow consumers and fleet operators a better ability to find E85 stations to use the fuel and find the best deal they can on E85,” White said, noting that 85 percent ethanol is approved for use only in Flex Fuel vehicles, of which there are now over 19 million on the road in the nation.

In this edition of the Ethanol Report, White talks about the update, as well as the increasing number of flex fuel vehicles on the road, the growing number of stations offering E85, and other topics related to higher ethanol blends in the marketplace.

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Agworld Announces Integration with CDMS

Melissa Sandfort

agworldAgworld, a leading provider of mobile farm management software, announced a new partnership today with CDMS to provide crop protection and other product compliance information within Agworld’s comprehensive platform.

Zach Sheely, President of Agworld, says “CDMS represents the most accurate and robust compliance data available today. Agworld’s integration will offer the best solution for in-field farm management and recommendation writing.”

Vincent Naso, CEO of CDMS says “Agworld is the ag data platform built for farmers and consultants to digitally manage farm business information in-field, in a collaborative environment. Agworld’s information management platform and in-field tools are advancing the ag industry and CDMS is excited to increase its reach through its partnership with Agworld.”

This partnership will allow Agworld to best serve their customers by providing the most accurate and current product information available for crop protection and crop nutrition. “Agworld tools help growers and consultants to manage their information in a centralized platform. Agworld is the only system with in-field, offline label checking for recommendation writing. Agworld’s partnership with CDMS will incorporate the best in class CDMS database and the option for full CDMS regulatory, compliance checking. This partnership will enhance solutions to both growers and agronomists who utilize the Agworld system,” says Sheely.

agribusiness, Data Management