January 20, 2020

Des Moines Register: New ethanol industry blooms in Iowa, but could soon be uprooted

Categories: Ethanol

On the front page of today’s Des Moines Register, Donnelle Eller and Christopher Doering take a closer look at issues regarding biofuels, “New ethanol industry blooms in Iowa, but it could soon be uprooted.”

In part, today’s article noted that, “But just as a new industry for Iowa is about to take root, a proposed change in government policy could limit demand for ethanol and send new plants and jobs to other countries. Think Brazil, China or European nations…The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed reducing the amount of renewable fuel that must be blended into the fuel supply that powers American vehicles. The EPA says it’s bending to market realities: The mandates were too aggressive and hard to reach, given that autos have become more fuel-efficient.”

The Register article added that, “Using cellulosic ethanol in your tank is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 86 percent when compared with gasoline, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Corn-based ethanol, as it’s currently made, reduces greenhouse gases an average of about 20 percent.” (See related video below).



Rep. Hurt: Crop Insurance Most Important Part of Farm Bill

Categories: Farm Bill

A recent report (Feb. 21) on WSET-TV (Lynchburg, Va.) indicated that, “ABC 13 also asked [Rep. Robert Hurt (R., Va.)] about the ‘Farm Bill’ the president recently signed, which aims to provide help to rural communities.”

“‘I don’t think there is anything in the farm bill more important than crop insurance and that is risk management,’ Hurt said. ‘Farmers across our district were glad we finally did get a farm bill passed.'” – ABC13


CNN: Historic California drought getting worse

From CNN News, February 20- “It seems ‘the worst drought that California has ever seen’ has become even worse.

“It has been a month since Gov. Jerry Brown said the state was facing perhaps ‘the worst drought that California has ever seen since records (began) about 100 years ago.’

“New numbers released Thursday are painting an even dimmer picture.”