Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s speech last week has several ethanol advocates wishing he wielded more influence over biofuels policy within the Obama administration. On today’s Open Mic, Brian Jennings, executive vice president of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), says Vilsack’s recent biofuels speech at the National Press Club underlines his unwavering commitment to corn-based ethanol. While convinced that the Obama administration will lobby Congress for a short-term extension of the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC), Jennings says industry trade groups realize that the nation’s fiscal mess makes it highly unlikely that VEETC can be renewed at the current 45 cents per gallon rate. On E15, the ACE official fears the EPA’s proposed label for the higher blend, if not altered, will sow doubt and confusion in the minds of consumers, and he hints of a coming effort to lift the 15 billion gallon statutory cap on grain ethano! l. The Open Mic interview runs about 14 minutes and can be found at www.Agri-Pulse.com or click on the following link.
What’s ahead for Washington this week: Mid-terms & compromise?
USDA announces disaster aid for rice, upland cotton, soybean & sweet potato producers
NRCS launches fuel & oil spill prevention pilot program
Monday audio update: Leonardo Academy: Resignation of production ag reps won’t derail sustainable standard-setting initiative.
Friday audio update: Free marketers and environmentalists react to Sec. Vilsack’s biofuels speech.
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