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Grassley demands answers from EPA on refinery waivers


Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, a staunch biofuel supporter, reacted angrily last week to news that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reportedly destroyed biofuel de­­mand

Lawmakers call for EPA to end refinery waivers


A bipartisan group of House members, led by Iowa Rep. Cindy Axne and Nebraska Rep. Adrian Smith, are demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) end waivers that allow large and unqualified refineries to avoid blending biofuels

Big oil wants to keep the public in the dark


The country’s big oil companies seem to love the so-called small refinery exemptions (SREs) that gut biofuel demand and undermine the spirit of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

Iowans say lapse of biodiesel tax credit threatens jobs


Iowa congressional leaders and members of the Iowa Biodiesel Board took part in a Capitol Hill rally

Iowa Utilities Board allows sale of electric vehicle energy by the kilowatt-hour


Iowa utility regulators will allow retailers to sell energy for electric vehicle charging by the quantity — a move some advocates say marks a win for the state’s budding electric vehicle infrastructure.

Waivers are undermining the RFS


Biofuel leaders urge EPA to refrain from granting RFS exemptions requested by refineries.

Big oil taps a  backdoor way out of the RFS


After years of working to hobble biofuels and scale back the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the country’s big oil companies have found a stealthy, backdoor way to do just that.

Iowa House votes to add fee for electric vehicle registration


Legislation that won bipartisan approval in the Iowa House will add a supplemental registration fee that, when fully phased in, will cost owners of electric vehicles an additional $130 a year.

Invitation to Young Farmer Ag Insights Tour, June 21 & 22, 2019


Iowa young farmers invited to join farmers from across the state on a 2 day tour of interesting ag sites plus an evening to explore Kansas City!

Farmers’ gains trim emissions from ethanol


One thing I’ve learned over the years: People outside of agriculture almost always underestimate American farmers’ ability to boost production, increase efficiency and lighten their footprint on the environment.