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Tuesday, December 1, 2015
EPA Increases RFS Volumes, Mixed Reviews from U.S.
Agricultural and Renewable Fuels Groups
Protection Agency (EPA) Monday released its final Renewable Fuel Standard
(RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2014, 2015 and 2016
that refiners have to meet in blending biofuels with gasoline. The
agency increased the blending requirements across the board, to a
total of 18.1 billion gallons, including 14.5 billion gallons of
undifferentiated biofuels or corn ethanol and 230 million gallons of
cellulosic ethanol. The announcement received mixed responses
from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the National Corn Growers Association
Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA)
and the National
"The rule released today is a positive step
forward providing for continued growth in all parts of the Renewable
Fuel Standard-advanced, biodiesel, cellulosic, and
conventional-building on the Obama Administration's and USDA's
commitment to biofuels and American-grown renewable energy,"
Vilsack said. Click
here to read more from Ag Secretary Vilsack.
"America's corn farmers are proud to grow a
cleaner burning, renewable fuel source for America and the
world," NCGA President Chip
Bowling. "In July, we asked the
Environmental Protection Agency to restore the 2014-16 corn ethanol
renewable volume obligation to comply with the Renewable Fuel
Standard as passed by Congress and signed into law. While we
are pleased to see the EPA take a step forward and revise its
original proposal, the fact remains that any reduction in the
statutory amount will have a negative impact on our economy, our
energy security, and the environment. It is unfortunate that Big
Oil's campaign of misinformation continues to carry weight in the
court of public opinion, and in this decision." Click
here to read more from NCGA.
responded in saying "they were pleased that the Renewable Volume Obligations
(RVOs) have been finalized after such a long delay and that the
levels have increased from the original proposal. This final rule
makes it possible to drive the growth of higher ethanol blends
through the so-called blend wall, giving consumers choices at the
pump, such as low-cost E15. Additionally, the numbers for 2016
represent a final rule closer to the statutory levels established by
Congress, avoid the "reset" and indicate a more certain
future for renewable fuels." Click
here to read more from Growth Energy.
"EPA's decision today turns our nation's most
successful energy policy on its head," RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen
said. "When EPA released its proposed RFS rule in May, the
agency claimed it was attempting to get the program back on track.
Today's decision, however, fails to do that. It will deepen
uncertainty in the marketplace and thus chill investment in
second-generation biofuels. Unlike Big Oil, the ethanol industry does
not receive billions in tax subsidies and the RFS is our only means
of accessing a marketplace that is overwhelmingly and unfairly
dominated by the petroleum industry. Today's decision will severely
cripple the program's ability to incentivize infrastructure
investments that are crucial to break through the so-called blend
wall and create a larger market for all biofuels." Click
here to read more from the RFA.
The livestock industry is also less
than happy with the EPA- but not for the same reasons as offered by
Bob Dineen. "EPA's action will cost
consumers at the pump and on the plate by effectively raising fuel
and food prices," said NCC President Mike Brown.
"By increasing the mandated volume of ethanol beyond the
blendwall for next year, and retroactively increasing the mandates
for 2014 and 2015, more corn from feed and food will be diverted into
fuel production, resulting in increased costs for poultry and
livestock producers. Since the RFS was enacted, chicken producers
alone have incurred more than $50 billion in higher actual feed costs
due to the ethanol mandates, and the tab keeps getting run up under
this broken law." Click
here to read more from NCC.
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LMIC's Jim Robb Offers
Cattle Market Outlook for 2016 and 2017
There are lots of ways to describe 2015 in
relationship to the beef cattle marketplace- a Roller Coaster-
Volatile- Breathtaking. Some of these same descriptions may be ahead
for U.S. beef producers in 2016 as well. That's according to Livestock Market Information
Center Director Jim Robb. With herd
expansion underway, there will be larger beef supplies and lower
prices next year. Robb said some of the extreme swings of 2015 could
moderate in 2016.
"To help counterbalance some of the increase in beef production,
rather clearly I think our forecasts are, we'll have year-to-year
decline in beef imports especially from Australia and we'll. probably
have a little less competition coming from the competing meats,
especially the pork and chicken," Robb said. "We really
felt in the last two months, the bulk of the large year-to-year
increase in U.S. chicken and pork output and those are moderating
rather quickly, especially on the chicken side. So the year the year
increases in 2016 in those competing meats will be much more
In 2016, there will be will larger beef production. Robb said the
U.S. will see its first year over year increase in total cattle
slaughter since 2013. He thinks overall there will
be cyclically lower cattle prices, but it won't be as dramatic as
recent weeks. Click
here to listen to our Beef Buzz report with Jim
Robb about the outlook for 2016 and 2017.
National FFA Organization
Joins #givingtuesday Movement
FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation
have joined #GivingTuesday - a global day of giving that
harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and
organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity
worldwide. Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held
annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the
widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to
kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate
in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful
ways to the charities and causes they support.
"Donations to the National FFA Foundation go to support nearly
630,000 FFA members in the pursuit of premier leadership, person
growth and career success. Giving Tuesday is a unique opportunity for
FFA supporters to celebrate the impact of their generosity on a
global day of giving," said National FFA Foundation President Molly Ball.
Those who are interested in joining National FFA Foundation's
#GivingTuesday initiative can visit FFA.org/GivingTuesday.
Dairy Checkoff Partners
with Dominos for Black Friday/Cyber Monday Pizza Deal
The dairy checkoff's work with partners such as
Domino's continues to revitalize the pizza category to benefit dairy
The checkoff's cheese work in pizza and foodservice has helped move 4
billion incremental pounds of milk from January of 2014 to July of
2015, according to Dairy
Management Inc., which manages the national dairy
Much of this success results from the checkoff's work locally and
nationally with partners such as Domino's, said Neil Hoff, a
Texas dairy farmer and chairman of the United Dairy Industry
Association, the federation of state and regional dairy checkoff
"Pizza consumption was on a steady decline for five-plus years
and had been a driver for increased consumption the prior 25
years," Hoff said. "With that business scenario, we entered
the marketplace with Domino's in 2009 to turn the category around.
They said, 'What can we do together?' This created a catalytic effect
in the pizza industry to put more cheese on the pies."
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with the launch of the American Legends specialty pizza line at
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El Nino Influences on
Oklahoma's Upcoming Wildfire Season
Wildfire is always a hot topic this time of year. The
dormant season, which occurs from November through early April in
Oklahoma, usually sees the majority of fires on an annual basis.
This season has two opposing factors moving the fire danger zone
needle. The first is the large amount of rainfall that fell on a
major portion of the state this spring and summer.
"Rain fostered the growth of vegetation and as a result, many
areas of the state have greater than normal herbaceous and small
woody shrub fuel loads," said J.D. Carlson, fire meteorologist
State University and program manager of OK-FIRE.
"This factor would tend to increase the likelihood of wildfires,
as well as more intense ones."
Carlson also is part of a research team at OSU that has investigated
the linkages of soil moisture to wildfire activity. Click
here to read more.
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Wet Weather Delays U.S.
Cotton Harvest, Wheat Crop Showing More Improvement
The nation's fall harvest is nearly complete, but the
wet weather continues to hamper the nation's cotton harvest. The U.S. Department of Agriculture
Monday reported the nation's sorghum harvest was 98 percent complete.
That's in line with the five year average. Peanuts were 93 percent
harvested. That's six points behind average. Nationally, cotton
harvest was 80 percent complete. That's eight points behind the
average. Cotton harvest remains less than 90 percent complete in
Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South
Carolina and Texas.
The nation's wheat crop condition continued to show improvement. USDA
reported 55 percent of the crop was in good to excellent condition,
36 percent fair and nine percent in poor to very poor condition. The
crop gained two points in the good category. A year ago this week, 58
percent of the crop was in good to excellent condition.
for the full National Crop Progress report.
here for the full Oklahoma report.
here for the full Texas report.
here for the full Kansas report.
This is the final weekly crop weather report for the 2015 season. A
monthly crop weather report will be available on January 4,
This N That- December
10th Set by Argentines, OSU Equine Squad Wins National Title and NFU
Calls for Climate Change
Deal that Helps Deliver Global Food Security
designated Agriculture Minister Ricardo Buryaile confirmed to the
daily Clarin, a newspaper in Buenos Aires, that Argentina's incoming
government will abolish export taxes on corn and wheat the day after
it assumes office and reduce the export tax on soy by 5 percent. The
projected date of abolishment of taxes is December 10, 2015
trade expects a flood of Argentine grain and oilseeds to hit the
market quickly once the export tax reductions happen.
The Oklahoma State University
Horse Judging Team took top honors at the 2015 AQHA World
Championship in Oklahoma City on Nov. 18, the fourth time in 11 years
the team has won the world champion title.
Coach Steven Cooper, an associate professor of equine studies in the
department of animal science, said the students on the team exemplify
OSU's tradition of excellence and helped make "America's
Brightest Orange" shine even brighter.
Hope Onstot, of Granger, Texas,
earned high individual overall honors for the competition, ranking
fifth in halter, second in performance and third in reasons.
Farmers Union called for a strong outcome stemming from
climate talks in Paris. The Conference of the Parties to the United
Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP-21, convened
this week in Paris. National Farmers Union President Roger
Johnson said "significant action and international
cooperation in Paris is needed to avoid climate-related food security
noted that scientists believe a change of any more than 2 degrees
Celsius in global average temperatures may result in severe and
irreversible consequences and that world leaders should cooperatively
take action to avoid what is currently impending disaster. Johnson
said scientists agree that greenhouse gas emissions have set us on a
course for a 5 degree Celsius shift in global average temperatures.
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