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There’s been a spate of activity on Capitol Hill of late on some high-profile ag policy issues. Below is an end-of-the week recap. E15 Waiver In testimony before the House Ag Committee, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue suggested that EPA was unlikely to finish the waiver for year-round E15 use by the start of the summer driving season (1 June-15 September). That brought a quick response from the agency’s press office, which stated in an email that “EPA is planning on releasing its RVP/RIN [Renewable Fuel Standard Reid Vapor Pressure/Renewable Identification Number] market reform proposal in March, and working expeditiously to propose and finalize the rule consistent with the President’s direction before the start of the...

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