December 3, 2016

Biodiesel Leaders Take Jobs, Energy Security Message to D.C.

Nearly three dozen biodiesel leaders from Kansas to Rhode Island took to the halls of Congress this week to champion America’s Advanced Biofuel.

“We have a great message to share with our elected officials. Biodiesel is working today to support jobs, diversify our fuel options and support American energy security,” said National Biodiesel Board CEO, Donnell Rehagen. “We want our messages and our success story to be top of mind now and when any tax extenders or reform is considered.”

Biodiesel is a true American success and innovation story. The U.S. market has grown by nearly 2 billion gallons in the last ten years, bringing with it support for nearly 48,000 jobs and $1.9 billion in wages across the country.bio-board

“We want to do all we can to ensure our elected leaders know the decisions they make in D.C. make a difference in our back yards and our communities across the nation. Effective federal policy has helped level the playing field for our relatively new product. This is about so much more than a standard or tax code. It’s about real people, making a real difference to bring jobs and economic growth all while supporting clean air and renewable fuel options,” Rehagen explained.

The group was specifically championing a call to extend the biodiesel tax incentive and move it from a blender’s tax credit to a producer’s tax credit. The current blender’s credit is slated to expire December 31, 2016. Proposed legislation in the House and Senate (HR 5240, S 3188) has strong bi-partisan support and would adjust the credit to support domestic production over imports.

U.S. biodiesel producers have more than 1.5 billion gallons of unused production capacity that stands ready to be utilized under the right policy framework. Mobilizing that capacity would create thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity.

Under the current “blender’s” structure of the incentive, foreign biodiesel imported to the U.S. and blended with petroleum diesel in the U.S. is eligible for the tax incentive. Increasingly, foreign biodiesel producers are taking advantage of the U.S. incentive by shipping their product here. In 2015 alone, some 670 million gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel were imported to the U.S., making up nearly a third of the U.S. market.

Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as soybean oil, recycled cooking oil, and animal fats, biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that can be used in existing diesel engines. It is the first and only commercial-scale fuel produced across the U.S. to meet the EPA’s definition as an Advanced Biofuel – meaning the EPA has determined that biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50 percent when compared with petroleum diesel. Americans used nearly 2.1 billion gallons of biodiesel last year.

NBB is the U.S. trade association representing the biodiesel and renewable diesel industries, including producers, feedstock suppliers, and fuel distributors.

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Cattlemen Press for Updates and Expansion at State Lab in Brookings

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard was the keynote speaker for Wednesday’s luncheon at the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Convention and Trade Show in Watertown at the Ramkota and Events Center.

Daugaard talked about the need to upgrade the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory in Brookings.

governorThe question we asked the Governor – will there be money in the state budget?

Governor on the Lab

South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association President Elect Larry Stomprud of Mud Butte says the devil will be in the details.     Larry and the LabSDCA

 

Again, the Governor will reveal his budget ideas next week.

 

 

 

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Saving Nitrogen and Money at the 46th Annual Northern Ag Expo

The 46th annual Northern Ag Expo is scheduled for Nov. 29-30 at the FargoDome in Fargo, N.D.

The emphasis this year will be on new products and production efficiencies. And, as usual, the seminar schedule this year will touch on a wide variety of topics ranging from asset and risk management to alternative crops, and from the latest weather prediction to the agricultural use of drones.

The doors for the Northern Ag Expo open both days at 8:30 in the morning with a closing time of 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and an hour earlier on Wednesday. There is no admission charge for the show, you’ll have to pay for parking, however.

The annual pesticide recertification program will be held during the second day of the show at 8 a.m.

Agrium is one of the featured sponsors of this year’s show. We spoke with Kent Broscoff – representative for ESN Smart Nitrogen in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Agrium ESN Smart Nitrogen Interview with the American Ag Network

More information on the Northern Ag Expo and the complete show schedule can be found on the NDAA website at www.ndag.org

ESN aligns with the 4Rs of Nutrient Stewardship’s concept of applying the right nutrient source at the right rate, at the right time, and in the right place.  http://www.agrium.com

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