Branstad confirmed as ambassador, Reynolds to become governor

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Iowa. Gov. Terry Branstad as the next U.S. ambassador to China. Branstad will resign as governor on May 24 and immediately be sworn in as ambassador, with Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds to be sworn in as Iowa governor.
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EPA: 1.79 billion RINs generated in April

The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for April, reporting that nearly 1.79 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 17.29 million cellulosic RINs.
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USGC, NCGA weigh in on plan to renegotiate NAFTA

The Trump Administration has announced plans to renegotiate the NAFTA. In response, U.S. Grains Council and National Corn Growers Association are speaking out to remind the administration how important NAFTA is to the U.S. agricultural industry.
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RFA: China’s tariffs on US ethanol, DDGS exacerbate trade deficit

China’s recent protectionist barriers imposed on U.S. ethanol and DDGS exports are exacerbating a trade deficit with that country, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen told a U.S. Department of Commerce hearing May 18.
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Growth Energy pushes for senate action on E15 fix

On May 18, Growth Energy urged the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to quickly approve legislation that would extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) volatility waiver to gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol (E15).
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EPA approves efficient producer pathway for Didion Ethanol

In early May, the U.S. EPA approved an efficient producer pathway for Didion Ethanol LLC, allowing the facility to generate renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard for non-grandfathered volumes of ethanol.
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Gevo’s isobutanol cleared for use in on-road vehicles in Arizona

Gevo Inc. recently announced that a bill signed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will let gas stations sell isobutanol-blended gasoline for on-road vehicles, enabling higher performing finished fuels with renewable content for drivers in the state.
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Brandstad signs bill that includes biofuel infrastructure funding

On May 12, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed legislation that provides $3 million of funding for the state’s Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Fund. The legislation is known as the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Bill, or HF 643.
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Researchers use waste lignin to make carbon fiber

Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are converting waste lignin into carbon fiber and other products. The team fractionates lignin so that the high molecular weight fraction can be used for carbon fiber, with other fractions used for bioplastics.
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USGC: KFC Malaysia testing US DDGS

Nobody does chicken like KFC. And U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) are a healthy, cost-effective and culturally-appropriate feed ingredient for those chickens and others produced in Malaysia.
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IRFA: Decorah home to Iowa’s 104th E15 station

When Decorah, Iowa, residents fuel up at the local Decorah Mart, they now have the opportunity to choose high-performance, earth-friendly E15. The station is the first in Decorah to offer E15 and E85.
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Crappie Masters disputes anti-ethanol claims made by BoatUS

On May 16, the Boat Owners Association of the U.S. (BoatUS) issued a press release criticizing a new Renewable Fuels Association ad campaign focused on the use of E10 fuels in boats. Crappie Masters has spoken out to dispute claims made by BoatUS.
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Green Plains completes Cargill feed yard acquisition

Green Plains Inc. recently announced that its subsidiary, Green Plains Cattle Co., completed the previously announced acquisition of two cattle feed yards from Cargill for approximately $36.7 million, excluding working capital.
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Rayeman Elements sells RCD drying system to Lincolnway Energy

Rayeman Elements Inc., in conjunction with its partner Nationwide 5 LLC, has completed the sale of its second patented grain drying system, the Rayeman Compression Dryer, to Lincolnway Energy of Nevada, Iowa.
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