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Trends Underlying Biofuel Use

With the Senate Agriculture Committee’s markup of the farm bill tomorrow morning, a number of amendments are being prepared. This includes one from Senator Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska) that would legislatively mandate a waiver for summertime use of E15. President Trump has already pledged to approve E15, but Fischer is up for re-election, so a little gilding of the political lily is to be expected. Outside of the debate about how the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) should be administered (e.g., small refinery waivers, export Renewable Identification Numbers or RINs, volume obligations, E15) are the broader fuel market trends moving forward. When the statutory levels for biofuels were set in the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EI...

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Forecasting developments in production agriculture

On behalf of a private U.S. agricultural technology provider, WPI’s team generated an econometric model to forecast the movement of concentrated corn production north and west from the traditional U.S. Corn Belt. WPI’s model has subsequently provided quantitative support to a multi-million-dollar investment into short-season corn variety development. WPI’s methodology included a series of interviews with regional grain elevators and seed consultants. Emphasizing outreach and communication with stakeholders who possess intimate sectoral knowledge – on-the-ground insights – is a regular component of WPI’s methodologies, made possible by WPI’s ever-growing network of industry contacts.

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