Jan 30
Farm Bill: Offerings for plant operators, investors, developers


By Kyle Althoff, EQUINOX LLC - January 30, 2014


The U.S. Farm Bill defined:  /färm bil/ – a five-year piece of legislation that typically takes six years to develop and reach consensus among U.S. senators, representatives, and the president.  The policy provides regulation, support and funding towards nutrition, crops, livestock, forestry, conservation and a number of other areas. Orchestrating this feat is nothing short of a miracle.

By that definition, a miracle occurred in late January, as the 2014 Farm Bill, termed the “Agricultural Act of 2014,” began an expedited forward towards implementation. With 949 pages of text touching almost every sector of agriculture, a keen understanding of the intricacies within the Farm Bill can enhance the success of bioenergy and agricultural businesses in the U.S. and around the world. The House passed the current markup of the Farm Bill on Jan. 28, and approval by the Senate is likely in the next couple of weeks. Following that, the president is expected to sign the document, which allows the administration to refine rules for existing programs, create regulations for new programs, and execute on the policy objectives. While there will still be several program rules that evolve as changes to regulations are proposed and implemented, initial language of the proposed Farm Bill, plus the conference manager’s report, may provide a good indication of where certain programs will end up...

Jan 10
Iowa State - Economic Role of RIN prices - Bruce Babcock

Iowa State - Economic Role of RIN prices - Nov 2013.pdf

Bruce Babcock does a nice overview that if the EPA wants to stick to the intended purpose of the RFS mandate to push renewable fuels further into the marketplace – the economics of E85 pricing will allow us to get through this “blend wall”.