In an exclusive interview, President-elect Joe Biden's pick to lead the EPA, Michael Regan, talked to Agri-Pulse about his goals, including the importance of a 'strong partnership with agriculture' to meet environmental challenges.
Railroads that are critical to agricultural shippers have won some permanent tax relief, while biofuel producers have received extensions of tax benefits that subsidize next-generation products and installation of blender pumps.
New faces will head key departments as the Biden administration takes office Jan. 20, and their actions on regulations affecting agriculture and rural America may differ sharply from the last four years.
The Supreme Court will hear arguments on a case central to the Renewable Fuel Standard, the nation’s biofuel mandate, and efforts on the part of refiners to be exempted from federal blending requirements through the use of small refinery exemptions.
Tom Vilsack is expected to have little trouble getting confirmed to another term as agriculture secretary. It's a good thing, because he'll have a lot to do the minute he walks in the door, starting with implementation of the COVID package just enacted.
Even as President-elect Joe Biden pushes for electric vehicles, the biofuel industry argues he can also make progress on his climate goals by expanding biofuel usage mandates, embracing a low carbon fuel policy and increasing vehicle emissions standards.