The Supreme Court announces whether it will hear arguments in three cases important to farmers, while lawmakers put a focus on water infrastructure needs and a House panel examines the impact that a shift to electric vehicles could have on U.S. agriculture.
Stakeholders from all sides of the Renewable Fuel Standard cautioned federal regulators Tuesday about moving forward with its proposed multi-year set of blending targets for the nation’s biofuel mandate.
The Senate returns to work this week with key elements of President Joe Biden’s climate agenda in peril, while the Supreme Court decides whether to hear several cases important to agriculture, including the latest challenge to California’s Proposition 12 standards for hog and poultry production.
When President Joe Biden was sworn into office, the biofuels industry had a handful of campaign trail quotes in its back pocket and a fresh sense of optimism about the federal government’s governance of the biofuels mandate. So far, that optimism hasn’t been met with corresponding action.
Lawmakers joined biofuel industry officials in ripping the Environmental Protection Agency for delays in releasing its biofuel blending mandates, with one Republican congressman saying it comes close to qualifying as a “broken campaign promise.”
America’s corn and soybean farmers are on the precipice of a whole new market for their commodities. If Congress comes through, farmers will be helping fuel the airplanes that crisscross the world’s skies by providing the feedstocks for sustainable aviation fuels.
USDA is putting $75 million into 15 projects around the country that are led by private organizations or state governments and can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide other environmental benefits.
The Biden administration is considering a multi-year reduction to the nation’s biofuel mandate, a move that would surely anger farmers and biofuel interests hoping to see stronger support for the program.