Groups comment on USDA’s new biofuel infrastructure program


The Renewable Fuels Association, American Coalition for Ethanol and Growth Energy are among the groups that submitted comments to the USDA regarding the development of its new Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program.
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Trump signs USMCA


President Trump on Jan. 29 signed legislation implementing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The trade pact replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement and is expected to benefit U.S. ethanol producers.
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Valero reports profitable Q4 for ethanol, renewable diesel


Valero Energy Corp. released fourth quarter results on Jan. 30, reporting a profitable three-month period for both its ethanol segment and renewable diesel segment. The company also indicated interest in expanding its renewable fuels business.
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CEC awards $14 million in energy efficiency grants to Aemetis


Aemetis Inc. announced Jan. 28 that its subsidiary Aemetis Advanced Fuels Keyes Inc. has received from the California Energy Commission two grants for a combined total of $14 million to implement upgrades at its corn ethanol plant in Keyes.
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USDA recruits participants for trade mission to the Philippines


The USDA is recruiting U.S. exporters to participate in an agribusiness trade mission to Manila, the capital of the Philippines, on April 20-23. Individuals interested in participating must apply to USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service by Feb. 6.
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ITA committee focused on renewable energy exports to meet Feb. 6


The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced an open meeting of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will be held on Feb. 6 in Washington, D.C.
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ADM: Bioproducts earnings down in Q4


Archer Daniels Midland Co. has released fourth quarter financial results, reporting solid overall performance. Earnings for the company’s bioproducts segment were down due to unfavorable ethanol industry margins.
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EPA delivers proposed rule to streamline fuel regulations to OMB


The U.S. EPA on Jan. 27 submitted a proposed rule to streamline fuels regulations to the White House Office of Management and Budget. OMB review marks a final step before a proposed rule is released for public comment.
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Corn use for fuel ethanol at 457 million bushels in November


The USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for January, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol production in November was up when compared to both the previous month and November 2018.
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Manitoba to implement cleanest fuel standards in Canada


Manitoba will have the cleanest fuel standards in Canada by increasing the ethanol and biodiesel content of its transportation fuels as it implements its Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan, Premier Brian Pallister announced on Jan. 21.
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