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Ag-state senator says Trump EPA ‘screwed us’ with biofuel waivers

Washington | Reuters — Iowa’s Republican Senator Chuck Grassley said the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency has “screwed” the U.S. ethanol industry and farmers by granting waivers to 31 small petroleum refineries, effectively exempting them from an obligation to use more ethanol in their products. The powerful senator, who represents the largest ethanol-producing state in […] Read more



CBOT weekly outlook: Market bearish ahead of WASDE

MarketsFarm — Prices for commodities on the Chicago Board of Trade have been “under pressure and on the defensive” due to the lingering trade war between the U.S. and China, improved weather, and an unclear picture of planted acres. “Less threatening U.S. weather, coupled with the lack of China buying U.S. agriculture products, have definitely […] Read more



CBOT weekly outlook: Soybeans and corn watching weather, waiting on acreage numbers

MarketsFarm – Shifting weather forecasts and trade talk rumours should keep the soybean and corn markets at the Chicago Board of Trade on edge over the next few weeks, as participants wait on updated acreage numbers from the United States Department of Agriculture. The USDA’s August 12 report will include results of an acreage resurvey […] Read more




U.S. refiners urge EPA to keep biofuel waiver requests secret from USDA

Washington | Reuters — A law firm representing small U.S. refineries has urged the Environmental Protection Agency to keep refiners’ applications for waivers from the nation’s biofuel policy secret from the Department of Agriculture, arguing that the petitions include confidential business information. The request, made by Perkins Coie in a letter to the EPA dated […] Read more


CBOT weekly outlook: USDA report leaves trade unsteady

MarketsFarm — Chicago Board of Trade markets were volatile following Friday’s U.S. Department of Agriculture’s acreage report, which saw more corn acres and fewer soybeans than expected. “We had a sharp break, but now we’re starting to recover a bit,” said Steve Georgy, president of Allendale Inc. in Illinois. USDA’s next world agriculture supply and […] Read more

Feed weekly outlook: Prices fall with rain

Feed grain prices for Lethbridge’s feedlot alley took a tumble after parts of the Prairies received some much-needed rain. Jim Beusekom, president of Market Place Commodities in Lethbridge, said barley and wheat prices recently dropped. Barley was around $285-$290 per tonne in the area, down about $10 from the week ending June 21. Wheat was […] Read more