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In a phone  interview Thursday with Brownfield, Pacific Ethanol CEO Neil Koehler made it very clear how he feels about EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. “It’s been clear for some time that Administrator Pruitt has not been a friend of the ethanol industry, has not been implementing the Renewable Fuel Standard as he should be, and is not implementing the support that we feel very strongly we have from President Trump.  So he’s not doing his job by way of the farmer or the president and he needs to change that behavior or find another job,” Koehler says. Continue reading Pacific Ethanol CEO has...
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During today’s Senate Ag Committee farm bill markup session, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley launched into a diatribe on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and RFS small-refinery exemptions. AUDIO: Chuck Grassley Continue reading Grassley expresses frustration with Pruitt and waivers at Brownfield Ag News.
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The CEO of Growth Energy says the ethanol industry must continue to hold EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s feet to the fire. In a speech Tuesday at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW) in Omaha, Emily Skor criticized Pruitt for granting RFS hardship waiver to oil refiners, which she says has destroyed over one billion gallons of ethanol demand. “At a time when farmers are facing the sharpest downturn since the 1980’s, Administrator Pruitt is betraying his own promise—and the Trump Administration’s promise—to uphold the U.S. Continue reading Growth Energy’s Skor criticizes Pruitt, Cruz at Brownfield Ag News.
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The executive director for the Center for Rural Affairs says the Senate Ag Committee’s draft farm bill is a major improvement over the House version. “The Senate bill improves how conservation programs work and how they work together,” he says. “The bill also combines several important programs for beginning farmers and for local and regional food development.” But, Brian Depew tells Brownfield the group is concerned by proposed budget cuts to some conservation programs. Continue reading Center for Rural Affairs: Senate Farm Bill is better, but could still use work at Brownfield Ag News.
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The White House chief economist says President Trump’s Monday announcement of even more tariffs on China is necessary.  Peter Navarro says China’s efforts to acquire technology and industries by any means necessary for its Made in China 2025 objective is a form of economic aggression impacting agricultural machinery, advanced rail shipping and more.  “Biotechnology, blockchain development, business application software, electronics, new-generation I-T, new materials, new energy vehicles, precision farming, robotics.” Navarro told reporters Tuesday President Trump will have the backs of farmers.  Continue reading Navarro says Trump has farmer’s backs with China tariffs at Brownfield Ag News.
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President Trump is preparing for yet another round of tariffs on Chinese products. Trump announced 50-billion in tariffs Friday, which was quickly followed by China’s retaliation with tariffs on agricultural and manufactured goods.  The list of more than 500 American items will hit many farm-produced items like pork, soybeans, sorghum, and dairy products. The President has ordered the U.S. Trade Representative to prepare for another 200-billion dollars’ worth of 10% tariffs on Chinese goods if China follows through on Friday’s retaliatory tariff threat. Continue reading Trump: Prepare another 200 billion in tariffs on China at Brownfield Ag News.
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There’s slight improvement in the U.S. corn crop.  As of Sunday, the USDA National Ag Statistics Service says the crop is 78 percent good to excellent.  That’s a percentage point better than a week ago.  The condition of the soybean crop is down a percentage point from last week at 73 percent good to excellent. Ninety-five percent of U.S. winter wheat is headed; 27 percent is harvested.  Winter wheat is 39 percent good to excellent, while the SPRING wheat crop is 78 good to excellent. Continue reading The U.S. corn crop improves slightly at Brownfield Ag News.
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China retaliated late Friday with 25% tariffs on more U.S. ag goods in response to President Trump’s additional tariffs on more than one-thousand Chinese goods. The U.S. ag products that would be subject to Chinese tariffs, according to national Sorghum Producers include: sorghum, soybeans, wheat cotton, vegetables, beef, and pork, effective July 6th. Nebraska farmer Don Bloss, chairman of National Sorghum, “American farmers depend on trade with China, and the tariffs will have devastating effects on U.S. Continue reading National Sorghum Producers reacts to new Chinese tariffs at Brownfield Ag News.
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