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Actions Louder than Words; China Faces WTO

Actions Louder than Words The Sixth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was released in August and the associated COP26 meeting begins at the end of October in Glasgow. Leaders gathered there will likely review the UN Environment Program’s released Product...

farm-inputs biofuel

High-Cost Energy/Ag Inputs Forecast

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its winter fuels outlook last week, forecasting rising prices for several key agricultural inputs.    First, natural gas will continue pushing up nitrogen fertilizer prices. While there are a number of factors at play in fertil...

biofuel energy

Ongoing Biofuel Demand

The U.S. Energy Information Agency published its latest forecast for energy use through 2050 and it foresees no slackening in demand. Its projection for demand for petroleum and other liquid fuels only varies based on assumptions about economic growth and petroleum prices. This projection does...

biofuel energy

Ethanol Exports Up in August, but Still Missing Brazil

After dropping in July to the lowest level since October 2013, August ethanol exports shot back up in August, increasing about 55 percent. However, the August exports were still down about 17 percent from last year and from the previous five-year average for the month. Year-to-date exports (th...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Ag Review - September 2021

For 23 years, WPI’s monthly AgReview publication has provided in-depth analysis of markets and policy. Responding to changes in both business economics and clients’ needs, this will be our last edition. We will continue to include historical analysis with our successful daily Ag Per...

biofuel

Senator Grassley on RVOs: “Worst Week in Washington for Ethanol Ever”

There are more rumors circulating about potential cuts in the require volume obligations (RVOs) for biofuels. Those stories have certainly gained the attention of industry supporters on Capitol Hill, especially Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).   There have been rumors for months that...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Summary of Futures

Dec 21 Corn closed at $5.2675/bushel, down $0.025 from yesterday's close.  Dec 21 Wheat closed at $7.2375/bushel, up $0.06 from yesterday's close.  Nov 21 Soybeans closed at $12.85/bushel, up $0.0075 from yesterday's close.  Dec 21 Soymeal closed at $339/short ton, down $1.1 from...

biofuel

Will Biofuels Go Sky High in Taking to the Air?

The Biden Administration last week announced an effort to lower carbon emissions in aviation, targeting a 20 percent drop in aviation emissions by 2030 and the “potential for a fully zero-carbon aviation sector by 2050.” That would be 3 billion gallons annual use by 2030, and potent...

biofuel

Will Coming RVOs be a 2013-2016 Redux?

The 2021 and 2022 proposed RVOs, developed by EPA, have been under review at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a week. As we reported last Friday, the proposal was sent from EPA for review last Thursday. What is in the proposal is still a mystery, however. That differs from last yea...

biofuel

RFS Volume Rule Under Review: Going Retro for 2020

We reported on Monday that the EPA would be sending its 2022, and never finalized 2021, proposed required volume obligations (RVO) under the renewable fuel standard to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. The question was when? We now know the answer: yesterday. There has been...

biofuel energy

Biofuel Falters

U.S. biofuel makers are disappointed that U.S. EPA is not more aggressively pushing fuel blending, but their plight is consistent with the pandemic related faltering in global biofuel production. The International Energy Agency (EIA) says that 10 percent annual increases are needed in global bi...

energy biofuel

Ball of Confusion: Waiting on RFS Volumes

The EPA will be sending its 2022, and never finalized 2021, proposed required volume obligations (RVO) under the renewable fuel standard to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. The question is: when? As of this morning, there is no record of the proposal being sent to OMB for f...

energy biofuel

Actions Louder than Words; China Faces WTO

Actions Louder than Words The Sixth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was released in August and the associated COP26 meeting begins at the end of October in Glasgow. Leaders gathered there will likely review the UN Environment Program’s released Product...

farm-inputs biofuel

High-Cost Energy/Ag Inputs Forecast

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its winter fuels outlook last week, forecasting rising prices for several key agricultural inputs.    First, natural gas will continue pushing up nitrogen fertilizer prices. While there are a number of factors at play in fertil...

biofuel energy

Ongoing Biofuel Demand

The U.S. Energy Information Agency published its latest forecast for energy use through 2050 and it foresees no slackening in demand. Its projection for demand for petroleum and other liquid fuels only varies based on assumptions about economic growth and petroleum prices. This projection does...

biofuel energy

Ethanol Exports Up in August, but Still Missing Brazil

After dropping in July to the lowest level since October 2013, August ethanol exports shot back up in August, increasing about 55 percent. However, the August exports were still down about 17 percent from last year and from the previous five-year average for the month. Year-to-date exports (th...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Ag Review - September 2021

For 23 years, WPI’s monthly AgReview publication has provided in-depth analysis of markets and policy. Responding to changes in both business economics and clients’ needs, this will be our last edition. We will continue to include historical analysis with our successful daily Ag Per...

biofuel

Senator Grassley on RVOs: “Worst Week in Washington for Ethanol Ever”

There are more rumors circulating about potential cuts in the require volume obligations (RVOs) for biofuels. Those stories have certainly gained the attention of industry supporters on Capitol Hill, especially Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).   There have been rumors for months that...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Summary of Futures

Dec 21 Corn closed at $5.2675/bushel, down $0.025 from yesterday's close.  Dec 21 Wheat closed at $7.2375/bushel, up $0.06 from yesterday's close.  Nov 21 Soybeans closed at $12.85/bushel, up $0.0075 from yesterday's close.  Dec 21 Soymeal closed at $339/short ton, down $1.1 from...

biofuel

Will Biofuels Go Sky High in Taking to the Air?

The Biden Administration last week announced an effort to lower carbon emissions in aviation, targeting a 20 percent drop in aviation emissions by 2030 and the “potential for a fully zero-carbon aviation sector by 2050.” That would be 3 billion gallons annual use by 2030, and potent...

biofuel

Will Coming RVOs be a 2013-2016 Redux?

The 2021 and 2022 proposed RVOs, developed by EPA, have been under review at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a week. As we reported last Friday, the proposal was sent from EPA for review last Thursday. What is in the proposal is still a mystery, however. That differs from last yea...

biofuel

RFS Volume Rule Under Review: Going Retro for 2020

We reported on Monday that the EPA would be sending its 2022, and never finalized 2021, proposed required volume obligations (RVO) under the renewable fuel standard to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. The question was when? We now know the answer: yesterday. There has been...

biofuel energy

Biofuel Falters

U.S. biofuel makers are disappointed that U.S. EPA is not more aggressively pushing fuel blending, but their plight is consistent with the pandemic related faltering in global biofuel production. The International Energy Agency (EIA) says that 10 percent annual increases are needed in global bi...

energy biofuel

Ball of Confusion: Waiting on RFS Volumes

The EPA will be sending its 2022, and never finalized 2021, proposed required volume obligations (RVO) under the renewable fuel standard to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. The question is: when? As of this morning, there is no record of the proposal being sent to OMB for f...

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