AoA Commentary

Made in China

For the last year and a half we have talked a lot about China.  A LOT! First it was the trade war, then African Swine Fever, then the signing of the Phase 1 trade...

Business as usual

I mowed my yard this week. Not only did it need it but I needed it. Walking behind that mower and smelling the freshly cut grass brought a feeling of normalcy I hadn’t felt...

New realities

It all happened so quickly. We started this year relieved that 2019 was behind us and hoping that 2020 would be better. For agriculture the signing of trade deals and the prospects of a...

Wanting it both ways

For quite some time now the Trump administration has tried to find a win/win on the issue of small refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuels Standard.  The President is caught in between two groups...

MFP Deja Vu

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is on a MFP payment denial tour. Wherever he speaks these days he is usually asked whether there will be another round of MFP payments this year. His stock...

Strange bedfellows

USDA has announced its Agriculture Innovation Agenda which includes polices supporting higher blends of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply. While this is welcome news to the biofuels industry it would have been even...

The process

Recently resurfaced comments made by Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg in 2016 about farming have created quite a stir. Some say the controversial remarks are being taken out of context while others claim the comments...

Turning Another Corner

I have covered the ethanol industry since the 1970’s when it was called gasohol. Despite one obstacle after another what this industry has achieved is amazing. From the early days of farmers meeting to...

Checking the Base

As we head to the November election, an often asked question is whether President Trump has done enough to keep his base support in rural America. This election cycle is off to a rocky...

Told You So

Following a recent court ruling on EPA’s granting of small refinery exemptions (SREs) to the Renewable Fuels Standard, you couldn’t blame the biofuels industry for saying I told you so.  The U.S. Court of...

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