The Environmental Protection Agency has launched a new website adding more transparency on how the Renewable Fuel Standard is functioning, but biofuel groups say the gesture, while appreciated, doesn’t go far enough.
The 2014 farm bill is set to expire in just over one week, raising concerns about disruptions in a number of programs, including one of the largest conservation programs as well as much smaller programs that help commodity groups open overseas markets.
Though the remnants of Hurricane Florence finally dumped their last torrents of rain near the U.S. Northeast coast and drifted back out to the Atlantic Ocean Tuesday, the storm’s havoc is sure to plague the Carolinas and its farms for weeks.
Though the storm was downgraded from hurricane to tropical storm to tropical depression, Florence’s heavy rainfall delivered significant river flooding and badly damaged ag producers across North and South Carolina.
The Environmental Protection Agency could have a different tool in its toolbox as biofuel and energy interests continue to debate the role of small refiner exemptions in the Renewable Fuel Standard: keep offering the waivers, but on a partial basis.
Big crops keep getting bigger, farmers say, and that looks to be the case this year. USDA today raised its harvest estimate for corn and soybeans, which were already forecast to be in record or near-record territory.