National Ag Day celebrated

Today is National Ag Day being celebrated in many ways across the country. US Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says U.S. agriculture is an incredible success, “Because of the extraordinary success of American agriculture, the rest of us have become free to pursue our hopes and dreams in a variety of other professions and occupations and jobs…. Read more »

On-farm use of biodiesel has room to grow

Tomorrow (March 18) is National Biodiesel Day and the Iowa Biodiesel Board (IBB) is taking the opportunity to remind farmers to ask for and use biodiesel as they head into spring planting. IBB executive director Grant Kimberley says a recent survey of Iowa farmers showed only 41 percent are using biodiesel in their farming operations…. Read more »

Biofuels leaders defend the RFS

Leaders in the biofuels industry say that the American Petroleum Institute’s drive to reform and repeal the Renewable Fuels Standard is detrimental to the renewable fuels industry. Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association says API is offering no new information on why the mandate should be repealed.  “But, one thing has… Read more »

Potential candidates discuss RFS in Iowa

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Six out of nine men considering a 2016 presidential nomination say they support the Renewable Fuels Standard. They were part of a first-ever Iowa Agriculture Summit over the weekend. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was among those who expressed temporary support for the RFS. “I would suggest to you that, ultimately, whether it’s ethanol or… Read more »

Defending ethanol ‘a never-ending struggle’

The latest attempt in Congress to weaken the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) leaves Jerry Mohr shaking his head. Like many corn growers, Mohr—a farmer from Eldridge, Iowa and president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association—is frustrated by the introduction of a Senate bill called the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act. “It’s obviously introduced by people… Read more »

Misguided legislation to undercut RFS

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Another attempt to undercut the Renewable Fuels Standard. Senator’s Feinstein of California and Toomey of Pennsylvania have introduced legislation that the head of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) would seriously undermine the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) by costing jobs, raise gasoline prices and slow innovation of advanced biofuels, such as cellulosic ethanol. Bob Dinneen, president… Read more »

Biochemicals are ‘the next frontier’

The Iowa Biotechnology Association—also known as IowaBio—is planning a “Partnering for Growth” forum to be held in Ankeny on April 1st. Joe Hrdlicka, executive director of IowaBio, says one of the main topics of discussion will be renewable biochemical production. Because Iowa has established itself as a leader in renewable fuels, Hrdlicka says, the state has the… Read more »

Ohio Rural Development to hold REAP workshops

USDA Rural Development in Ohio will provide agricultural producers and small business owners interested in the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) an opportunity to learn more about REAP during four information sessions and application workshops during March. REAP will pay up to 25% of the total project costs for an energy efficiency or renewable… Read more »

Young farmer says RFS helped him return to farm

A young farmer from central Nebraska credits the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for helping him return to the farm just over two years ago. Twenty-nine year old Tim Davis of Wood River farms with his father and uncle. He says the increased demand and higher prices for corn, driven by the growth of the ethanol… Read more »

Grassley calls for RFS action

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is among a group of 32 senators calling on the EPA to set production levels under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). “The EPA has been dragging its feet on determining the renewable volume requirements for biodiesel and ethanol,” Grassley says. “It’s been well over a year since they should have been… Read more »