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biofuel

Retro RVOs May Disappoint, but 2022 RVO Bullish Corn and Veg Oil

EPA released its 2022 proposed required volume obligations (RVO) under the RFS along with the retroactive 2021 volumes and an adjustment to the 2020 volumes.   EPA is also proposing to add a 250-million-gallon “supplemental obligation” to the volumes proposed for 2022 and...

Corruption Focus; Next Transportation Fuel

Corruption Focus The Biden Administration will emphasize its Strategy on Countering Corruption at this week’s Summit for Democracy. Shell companies will be required to report their true owners and the goal is to strengthen democracies by weakening corruption. Not all think this is a good...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds livestock

Growing Threat to Trade

Russia is positioning to invade Ukraine if it wants, and China is seeking to put a military base on the Atlantic in Equatorial Guinea. Then there is China’s threats to Taiwan and Iran’s potential abandonment of the nuclear agreement. One of the above could limit grain exports out of...

livestock

Brazilian Beef and BSE

Brazilian Minister of Agriculture, Tereza Cristina, has stated she’s hopeful Brazil will be shipping beef to China again this month. Brazil’s largest market has been closed now for 90 days since exports were suspended after the notification to the World Organization for Animal Healt...

biofuel

Ethanol Starting Out Marketing Year Strong; Vilsack Says RVOs Coming

USDA released the October Grain Crushings report today; total corn use for fuel alcohol was up 16 percent from October 2020, and up 15 percent from September. Ethanol production in October was a record. For the first two months of the marketing year, ethanol use of corn is 876.83 million bushel...

Greens on Defense; Apparel Peril; NAFTA Changes Parties

Greens on Defense For decades the policy bible for Greens in Europe has included scriptures against GMO’s and nuclear energy. But GMO’s can aid sustainability and nuclear power is inherently carbon neutral. EU Commission leaders have spoken opportunistically about new genomic techni...

Energy and Food Lessons; Implications of Ukraine; Omicron Buys WTO Time

Energy and Food Lessons Energy and food prices are spiking at the same time policy reform advocates are seeking wholesale changes in the production of both resources. Already policymakers in Europe are having to consider using more natural gas and nuclear energy than originally envisioned in th...

China Strategy; Biotech Breakout

China Strategy The U.S., EU and Japan have agreed to collaborate on how to deal with non-market economic practices – read China. The debate over how to address China is the most important topic in Washington these days. Opinions are varied. Former U.S. State Department official Daniel Rus...

Anti-vaxxers Come to Ag; Identity Politics Come to Trade

Anti-vaxxers Come to Ag The Green Revolution created modern agriculture, which has been called a mechanism for turning fossil fuels (inputs) into food. In a matter of just a couple of decades, fertilizer, pesticides, and genetics enabled staple crop yields to triple. Now Europe is trying to str...

COVID Variant Inflation

The Senate Banking Committee held a hearing today entitled, “CARES Act Oversight of Treasury and the Federal Reserve: Building a Resilient Economy.” Testifying were Fed Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary, and former Fed Chair, Janet Yellen. As the title suggests, the hear...

December’s Legislative Traffic Jam

Congress has a busy December ahead of it, including keeping the government open and increasing the Treasury Department’s borrowing authority. As it stands, Congress is scheduled to go into recess a week from Friday, but that is not likely to happen, and instead could be in session right u...

India’s Dangerous Reversal; Dems vs. Coms

India’s Dangerous Reversal Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent reversal on farm policy reforms will reverberate for years to come. Essentially, the nation will revert to a system that used a market support price (MSP) to boost farmer income but at levels above what would al...

biofuel

Retro RVOs May Disappoint, but 2022 RVO Bullish Corn and Veg Oil

EPA released its 2022 proposed required volume obligations (RVO) under the RFS along with the retroactive 2021 volumes and an adjustment to the 2020 volumes.   EPA is also proposing to add a 250-million-gallon “supplemental obligation” to the volumes proposed for 2022 and...

Corruption Focus; Next Transportation Fuel

Corruption Focus The Biden Administration will emphasize its Strategy on Countering Corruption at this week’s Summit for Democracy. Shell companies will be required to report their true owners and the goal is to strengthen democracies by weakening corruption. Not all think this is a good...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds livestock

Growing Threat to Trade

Russia is positioning to invade Ukraine if it wants, and China is seeking to put a military base on the Atlantic in Equatorial Guinea. Then there is China’s threats to Taiwan and Iran’s potential abandonment of the nuclear agreement. One of the above could limit grain exports out of...

livestock

Brazilian Beef and BSE

Brazilian Minister of Agriculture, Tereza Cristina, has stated she’s hopeful Brazil will be shipping beef to China again this month. Brazil’s largest market has been closed now for 90 days since exports were suspended after the notification to the World Organization for Animal Healt...

biofuel

Ethanol Starting Out Marketing Year Strong; Vilsack Says RVOs Coming

USDA released the October Grain Crushings report today; total corn use for fuel alcohol was up 16 percent from October 2020, and up 15 percent from September. Ethanol production in October was a record. For the first two months of the marketing year, ethanol use of corn is 876.83 million bushel...

Greens on Defense; Apparel Peril; NAFTA Changes Parties

Greens on Defense For decades the policy bible for Greens in Europe has included scriptures against GMO’s and nuclear energy. But GMO’s can aid sustainability and nuclear power is inherently carbon neutral. EU Commission leaders have spoken opportunistically about new genomic techni...

Energy and Food Lessons; Implications of Ukraine; Omicron Buys WTO Time

Energy and Food Lessons Energy and food prices are spiking at the same time policy reform advocates are seeking wholesale changes in the production of both resources. Already policymakers in Europe are having to consider using more natural gas and nuclear energy than originally envisioned in th...

China Strategy; Biotech Breakout

China Strategy The U.S., EU and Japan have agreed to collaborate on how to deal with non-market economic practices – read China. The debate over how to address China is the most important topic in Washington these days. Opinions are varied. Former U.S. State Department official Daniel Rus...

Anti-vaxxers Come to Ag; Identity Politics Come to Trade

Anti-vaxxers Come to Ag The Green Revolution created modern agriculture, which has been called a mechanism for turning fossil fuels (inputs) into food. In a matter of just a couple of decades, fertilizer, pesticides, and genetics enabled staple crop yields to triple. Now Europe is trying to str...

COVID Variant Inflation

The Senate Banking Committee held a hearing today entitled, “CARES Act Oversight of Treasury and the Federal Reserve: Building a Resilient Economy.” Testifying were Fed Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary, and former Fed Chair, Janet Yellen. As the title suggests, the hear...

December’s Legislative Traffic Jam

Congress has a busy December ahead of it, including keeping the government open and increasing the Treasury Department’s borrowing authority. As it stands, Congress is scheduled to go into recess a week from Friday, but that is not likely to happen, and instead could be in session right u...

India’s Dangerous Reversal; Dems vs. Coms

India’s Dangerous Reversal Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent reversal on farm policy reforms will reverberate for years to come. Essentially, the nation will revert to a system that used a market support price (MSP) to boost farmer income but at levels above what would al...

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