Ag News (Jan 5)

Here are your snippets of today's pertinent ag news:
• AgStar's Annie's Project starts in Worthington January 26th
• 9th Annual Nutrient Management Conference is February 7th. Get registered!
• Still no word as to who President-elect Donald Trump will select as his USDA Ag Secretary
• BI and Sanofi have finalized their acquisition merger exchange
• New Nobles County 4-H families are invited to a family night January 23 at 6:30 p.m.

2017-2018 RFS Volumes Released

The EPA has released its 2017-2018 renewable fuel volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard program.

"The levels announced today provide opportunities but also do not take full advantage of an opportunity to further promote a viable, domestically produced renewable fuel industry that is U.S. biodiesel," said ASA President Richard Wilkins, a soybean farmer from Greenwood, Del. "EPA will raise the overall volumes relative to the Proposed Rule and increase the total Advanced Biofuels volume requirements for 2017 from 4.0 billion gallons to 4.28, an increase of 19 percent. That's a plus for biodiesel as the primary source of Advanced Biofuels." Wilkins noted, however, that EPA chose not to raise the Biomass-based diesel volume requirements within that Advanced Biofuel pool for 2018.

Holiday Hour Changes

MNSP bean receiving and oil loadout will be closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Markets will be closed Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, with an early close on Friday.

Deer and Turkey Poaching Case Closed

IOWA -- A nine month investigation into deer and turkey poaching in Webster County, Iowa, was closed on Oct. 7, when Kyle Alstott, 23, of Fort Dodge, the last of the 10 individuals facing charges from Iowa and Nebraska, pleaded guilty.