Policy

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US soy leaders push for trade, biodiesel on Capitol Hill

BY Ron KotrbaAlthough lawmakers were not in session, soy growers met with legislative staff on Capitol Hill to push for completion of the USMCA trade agreement, implementation of the Farm Bill and reinstatement of the lapsed biodiesel tax credit. READ MORE

March 20, 2019

US EPA schedules hearing March 29 on proposed E15/RIN reform rule

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has announced it will hold a public hearing on its proposed E15/RIN reform rule on March 29 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest. Those who wish to testify must contact the agency by March 26. READ MORE

March 15, 2019

Minn. celebrates 17 years since biodiesel mandate was enacted

BY Ron KotrbaMarch 15, 2002, was a landmark day for biodiesel. Seventeen years ago, Minnesota enacted the nation’s first biodiesel mandate, which went into effect in 2005. Today, 20 percent biodiesel is required in all No. 2 diesel sold April through September. READ MORE

March 14, 2019

EPA grants more RFS waivers, undercuts add’l demand for biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaU.S. EPA retroactively granted five new small refinery exemptions for 2017, releasing them from their obligations under the RFS. The five new small refinery exemptions reduced the 2017 RVO for biomass-based diesel by an additional 48 million gallons. READ MORE

March 13, 2019

Soy, biodiesel drive ISA leader-legislator visits in Springfield

BY The Illinois Soybean Association Soybean farmers and other representatives of the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program shared lattes and talked with legislators and staff about environmental and economic impacts of biodiesel at the Illinois State Capitol March 13. READ MORE

March 13, 2019

Washington State House passes Clean Fuel Standard

BY The National Biodiesel Board On March 12, Washington—the Evergreen State—showed its true colors when the House of Representatives passed a bill designed to reduce transportation GHG emissions 10 percent below 2017 levels by 2028 and 20 percent below those same levels by 2035. READ MORE

March 12, 2019

US EPA releases E15, RIN market reform proposed rule

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. EPA released its proposed rule March 12 for year-round E15 sales and reforms to the RIN market. Much of EPA’s proposed RIN market reforms apply only to D6 ethanol RINs, although EPA is accepting comments on this narrow applicability. READ MORE

March 12, 2019

NBB submits biodiesel tax credit testimony to House subcommittee

BY The National Biodiesel Board Kurt Kovarik, vice president of federal affairs for the National Biodiesel Board, submitted written testimony March 12 to the House Ways and Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee for a hearing on temporary policy in the IRS code. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

Biodiesel supporters demonstrate policy success at Iowa Capitol

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board More than 75 biodiesel supporters took to the Iowa State Capitol March 7 to remind lawmakers just how well their comprehensive state policies on biodiesel have worked. More than half of Iowa’s diesel supply today contains biodiesel. READ MORE