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  • RFA's Cooper questions study linking ethanol with grassland loss
    A new study suggesting that ethanol production is threatening native grasslands and wetlands in the western Corn Belt should be viewed with "great caution and skepticism," writes Geoff Cooper, vice president of research and analysis for the Renewable Fuels Association. Data from the Department of Agriculture indicate that increased corn and soybean plantings in the area are due to crop switching, not cropland expansion as suggested by the study, Cooper states. Moreover, the "extremely high rate of error associated with the satellite imagery used by the authors" puts a question mark on their findings, Cooper writes. E-Xchange blog (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Update 
  • U.S. ethanol producers slam EU's anti-dumping tariff
    American ethanol companies are criticizing the EU's imposition of a five-year, countrywide anti-dumping levy on U.S. ethanol. The punitive action will push up the price of U.S. ethanol in the EU by about 10%, the companies said. "That shuts us out of the market -- we are no longer the lowest-cost fuel on the planet," said Ed Hubbard, general counsel of the Renewable Fuels Association. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysts: Corn prices to dip as U.S. plants most corn since 1936
    U.S. farmers are poised to plant the most corn this year since 1936, potentially yielding 13.863 billion bushels if the weather permits, according to the average of analyst predictions in a Bloomberg poll. "The price is attractive, and we have seen an improvement in soil moisture," said Bill Bayliss, a farmer in West Mansfield, Ohio, where the drought has abated. "We are in a major transition to a more-abundant supply situation," said Don Roose, president of U.S. Commodities. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • High gasoline costs fuel more interest in E85
    The soaring price of gasoline in Michigan is boosting demand for E85 among owners of flex-fuel vehicles. Besides being cheaper than regular gasoline, E85 helps lessen the country's reliance on fossil fuels, advocates said. Some drivers say they don't notice any significant drop-off in mileage from using E85 and will continue using the biofuel if the price of gasoline remains high. Detroit Free Press (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: U.S. "dodged a bullet" with last year's drought
    In terms of reduced corn yields, the eastern Corn Belt received the brunt of last year's drought, with Kentucky and Missouri among the worst-hit, according to an analysis by Gary Schnitkey, an agricultural economist with the University of Illinois. In a way, the U.S. "dodged a bullet" because the overall corn-supply disruption would have been much worse had the drought been centered in eastern Iowa and northern Illinois, Schnitkey notes. Farmdoc Daily (University of Illinois) (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Global Agenda 
  • EU is urged to stop backing crop-based biofuels
    Eight organizations and trade groups wrote a letter to the EU's energy ministers, asking them to endorse "an absolute limit on the consumption of land-based biofuels in transport." A proposal advanced by the European Commission that calls for capping the use of crop-based biofuels at 5% of the region's transport fuel doesn't go far enough, the groups said. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • RFS to boost demand for Brazilian ethanol, exec says
    Brazilian ethanol shipments to the U.S. could increase to 1.19 billion gallons in the sugarcane season that starts in April, up 29% from the season before, as the U.S. ramps up the use of advanced biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard, said Julio Maria Borges, director of consulting firm Job Economia e Planajemento. The RFS mandate for advanced biofuels is set to increase to 21 billion gallons in 2022, which would provide ample future export opportunities for Brazilian ethanol producers, Borges said. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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