The Trump administration “has yet … to produce a concrete plan to meet the annual 15 billion-gallon requirement” for mixing corn ethanol into the gas supply, said Rep. Collin Peterson.
The Trump administration is employing a regulatory version of “bait and switch” to renege on its promise to increase ethanol consumption, said farm and biofuel groups.
China, Brazil and the United States will help drive a dramatic global increase in ethanol consumption in the next 10 years, said a U.S. Grains Council analyst on Monday.
The EPA will adjust the Renewable Fuel Standard to “net out” at 15 billion gallons in 2020 after waivers to some oil refineries, said administrator Andrew Wheeler.
Trump said “I would much prefer a big deal” that would end the trade war, while at the same time touting the billions of dollars that farmers are receiving to mitigate the impact of lost exports.
The Trump administration responded to months of farm belt complaints by vowing to increase the ethanol mandate, beginning next year, above the 15-billion-gallon-a-year target that is set by law.
“It is also increasingly unlikely that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement will come up for a vote in Congress before the 2020 election,” said CoBank.
The “economies of scale having happened in America — big get bigger and small go out,” Perdue said at a dairy show in Wisconsin, in comments assailed as cold-hearted.
The USDA has hired only a comparative handful of workers to stanch staff turnover that could exceed 75% and the senior Democrat on the Senate Ag Committee says its affecting farm bill implementation.
A handful of corn and soybean farmers active in biofuels policy said on Thursday that there is less patience in farm country for the administration’s handling of the ethanol mandate.