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According to various sources, here’s what took place at today’s White House meeting on the RFS: President Trump reiterated his pledge to allow year-round E15 sales Ag Secretary Perdue & EPA Administrator Pruitt will consider allowing RINs from exported biofuel to count toward quotas Pruitt signaled his willingness to reallocate waived biofuel volumes No artificial cap on RIN prices We discussed those possible scenarios with University of Illinois ag economist Scott Irwin, who has been closely following the RFS debate over the past several months . Continue reading Analysis of White House RFS meeting scenarios at Brownfield Ag News.
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Beef processors have implemented sophisticated food safety systems to minimize the risk of contaminated product entering commerce. One of the final steps in this system is called test-and-hold, where beef trimmings are sampled and tested for E. coli O157:H7 and not released for sale until the test comes back negative. Researchers at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) at Clay Center, Nebraska have recently developed two new beef trim sampling methods that provide a much more representative sample of the beef trimmings. Continue reading New sampling methods for E. coli testing in beef at Brownfield Ag News.
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In a conference call this morning with ag reporters, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley talked about the White House meeting on biofuels that will take place later today.  Grassley will be part of that meeting. AUDIO: Excerpt from Grassley’s conference call with ag reporters Continue reading Grassley comments on today’s White House meeting on biofuels at Brownfield Ag News.
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There’s no sign of letup in partisan bickering among House Agriculture Committee members about Republican-proposed farm bill work requirements for SNAP recipients.  House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) said committee Democrats have done nothing but criticize the farm bill that passed out of that body last week on a party line vote. “My recollection is not one amendment [was] offered,” said Conaway Wednesday during a National Association of Farm Broadcasting Washington Watch event. Continue reading House Agriculture Committee divisions over SNAP issues persist at Brownfield Ag News.
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Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley did not mince words today when a reporter asked him if he expects the EPA to stop granting RFS “hardship waivers” to oil refiners. “Well, they better—or I’m going to be calling for Pruitt to resign,” Grassley says. “Because I’m done playing around with this.” Grassley was referring to EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. Grassley says Pruitt needs to carry out President Trump’s commitment to support the RFS and its 15-billion gallon requirement. Continue reading Grassley expresses frustration with Pruitt over waivers at Brownfield Ag News.
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The CEO of the National Corn Growers Association says the battle over RFS waivers being granted to big oil refiners by the EPA is just beginning, “We are looking at OUR options for challenging the EPA’s decision.” Chris Novak says RFS waivers are only meant to be used in hardship situations, “When you have companies receiving waivers under a hardship standard that took in $1.5 Billion in profits last year there needs to be a new definition of what constitutes a hardship.” Novak says information about those waivers from the EPA is minimal and a lot of questions are still unanswered. Continue reading Novak:...
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