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Week of March 20 fuel and energy price update

3/22/2017

As of Tuesday, March 21st, the price of regular unleaded gasoline averaged $2.29 across Iowa according to AAA. This is down $.02 from last week and $.26 higher than one year ago. The national average on Tuesday was $2.29, holding steady at last week’s price.

Safer rail cars gather dust as ethanol trains grow longer

3/20/2017

The incident near Graettinger underscores the growing risk of another serious accident along with the increasing volume of the biofuel being moved in unit trains that are milelong with about 100 rail cars — dubbed “rolling pipelines” — to slash freight costs.

Grassley presses Trump to maintain RFS obligation

3/20/2017

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Min­nesota last week led 23 senators in a bipartisan letter urging President Donald Trump to maintain the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and reject proposed changes that would upend the current successful system.

Week of March 13 fuel and energy price update

3/15/2017

As of Tuesday, March 14th, the price of regular unleaded gasoline averaged $2.31 across Iowa according to AAA. This is down a penny from last week and $.29 higher than one year ago. The national average on Tuesday was $2.29, two cents lower than last week’s price.

AFBF supports E15 legislation

3/13/2017

The Consumer and Fuel Re­­tailer Choice Act will offer more choices at the pump and increase ethanol demand

USDA raises soybean stocks, holds corn steady

3/13/2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) increased its forecast for corn used to produce ethanol and reduced feed and residual use in its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report re­­leased last week.

Receding oil prices drop commodity index

3/13/2017

Since crude oil and commodity prices bottomed in January 2016, optimism has generally reigned.

Week of March 6 fuel and energy price update

3/8/2017

As of Tuesday, March 7th, the price of regular unleaded gasoline averaged $2.32 across Iowa according to AAA. This is up a penny from last week and $.39 higher than one year ago. The national average on Tuesday was $2.31, one cent lower than last week’s price.

5 things I learned about ethanol

3/8/2017

When I read a recent USDA study which stated ethanol reduces Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by about 43 percent, compared to traditional gasoline, I knew for the sake of being a gasoline consumer married into a farm family, I wanted to know more.

Branstad, Reynolds seeking public input related to $21 million Volkswagen settlement

3/6/2017

As a result of two related Volkswagen (VW) settlements, the state of Iowa is expected to receive approximately $21 million in environmental mitigation trust funds over the next ten years set aside specifically for projects that reduce emission of nitrogen oxides (NOx). Branstad and Reynolds are asking for public input on how the funds should be spent.

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