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·         Ag markets in “uncharted territory”

·         Trump Administration reportedly won’t appeal SRE ruling



Ag markets in “uncharted territory”


By Mark Dorenkamp, Brownfield 

March 23, 2020


These are uncertain times for ag markets.


U.S. Soybean Export Council consultant John Baize says the world is in uncharted territory as the coronavirus continues to spread.


“You have to realize that we haven’t been here before, at least in a long time. I don’t know that we’ve shut down transportation as much as we have, (and) certainly not airline flights as much as it’s been done. We’re shutting down schools, we’re shutting down universities.”


He tells Brownfield it is encouraging that federal and state governments have designated agriculture as critical infrastructure.


“Everybody wants to live, and they don’t want to run the risk of catching a potentially fatal virus. I’m not sure how anyone is going to live with this, I’m afraid we’re just going to muddy through...


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Trump Administration reportedly won’t appeal SRE ruling


By Mark Dorenkamp, Brownfield 

March 23, 2020


It seems biofuels will be given the latest inch in its political tug-of-war with the oil industry.


National Corn Growers Association president Kevin Ross tells Brownfield reports surfaced over the weekend that the Trump Administration will not appeal a recent 10th Circuit Court decision that would limit the EPA’s Small Refinery Exemption program.


“That decision just needs to be applied nationwide. That would likely reduce the number of exemptions that are able to be given, and that (would) certainly be helpful for the ethanol industry.”


Earlier this month, the White House requested an extra two weeks to decide if it would appeal the ruling.


The southwest Iowa farmer says the ag and biofuels sectors need certainty...


more, including audio [11:09 min.]