With the possible withdraw from NAFTA, but Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says he’s confident of a positive outcome. Farm groups continue to express concern about the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard. FDA lays out the case for why the health claim should be removed from food labeling.
**Brazil has agreed to impose an import tax on U.S. ethanol, a move criticized by U.S. ethanol leaders.
According to Brownfield, the Renewable Fuels Association’s Bob Dinneen, Growth Energy’s Emily Skor, and the U.S. Grains Council’s Tom Sleight issued a joint statement Wednesday saying they are disappointed to see the ruling by Brazil’s Chamber of Foreign Trade to impose a 20-percent tariff on U.
**Renewable Fuels Association president Bob Dinneen says if Brazil imposes tariffs on U.S. ethanol, it would have a chilling impact and prices here would likely go down as the U.S. scrambles to find new markets.
He tells Brownfield the proposed 17 percent tariff on all imported ethanol would ultimately do most harm to the citizens of Brazil because it would drive up their fuel prices...
**Senate lawmakers are considering the sale of higher blends of ethanol year-round, a move both praised and opposed by parties in the renewable fuels argument.
The legislation being examined by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act which would allow the sale of gas with higher blends of ethanol during the summer by amending the Clean Air Act
**The U.S. exit from the Paris Accord climate change agreement will have no impact on biofuels.
The American Coalition for Ethanol’s Brian Jennings says President Trump's announcement won't affect renewable fuels because commitments made in the accord were based on the clean power plan and automobile fuel economy rules...
**For the first time, new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency spoke with a few dozen EPA employees and the media this week after his swearing in.
Former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt outlined general principles, but offered few specifics...
Former California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado was scheduled to talk to Trump about the job at the president-elect's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
The word comes from incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer after Trump was to interview Elsa Murano, the ex-USDA official and former president of Texas A&M University.