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No. 7, Nov. 15, 2017

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AT THE OFFICE

GROWTH ENERGY BOARD MEETS WITH USDA DEPUTY SECRETARY STEVE CENSKY

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Growth Energy welcomed Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Steve Censky to our Washington, DC, offices as he visited with the Board of Directors on Tuesday, Nov. 14. The Deputy Secretary, who just passed his 30th day in the role, spoke with the Board about the many areas on which the USDA is focused, including trade, infrastructure, and regulatory reform. He also talked at length about the USDA’s role in the administration’s trade policy and the importance of global trade to American agriculture. The Growth Energy Board took the opportunity to discuss some recent trade developments, including the tariff rate quota in Brazil, the recent announcements by China on DDGs and expanded ethanol blending, and the structure of the World Trade Organization. We look forward to continuing the dialogue with Deputy Secretary Censky, the USDA, and the Trump Administration on these important issues.

 

Since moving into our new space earlier this year, Growth Energy has hosted many other visitors, including U.S. senators, numerous Growth Energy members, and many folks from our allied organizations. The Growth Energy office is your office, and is open to all members anytime you'd like to stop by. Please visit next time you're in DC, either for work or pleasure!

For more details, contact Director of Operations & Programming Kitty Loyd.


 

WORKING FOR YOU

 

ON THE HILL

Tax Reform Update, Preserving the Section 199 Deduction, and 2018 RVOs

IN REGULATIONS

UNFCCC COP23 Meeting Recap

 

China and Brazil Updates

AT THE PLANTS

Future Farmers of America Presentation at POET

 

Lallemand Announces the Publication of the 6th Edition of The Alcohol Textbook


Community Networking 101 Webinar

IN THE PRESS

Talking Ag with NAFB

 

Advanced Biofuels, Ethanol and the 2018 Proposed RVO: A Roundtable Discussion

AT THE PUMP

Getting to Know... Kum & Go

 

SIGMA Conference Recap

AROUND THE WORLD

Trade Mission to India

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

ASTM Meeting

Dec. 3-7, 2017

Houston, Tex.

Alternative Fuels Seminar

Dec. 6-8, 2017

Phoenix, Ariz.

Executive Leadership Conference

Feb. 7-10, 2018

Boca Raton, Fla.


ON THE HILL

Tax Reform Update, Preserving the Section 199 Deduction, and 2018 RVOs

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The tax reform bill (HR 1) is expected to be up for a vote on Thursday on the House floor, and is in the mark-up phase in the Senate Finance Committee. The chart above lays out the different provisions in the House and Senate bills for the pass-through rate, corporate rate, MLP expansion, cellulosic credit, and biodiesel credit. Congress will be on recess next week for the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

Additionally, Growth Energy is one of 179 agricultural industry groups and companies, directed by the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC), that joined a campaign to preserve a deduction for manufacturers that House Republicans proposed eliminating in their tax reform bill. The coalition sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) requesting that the Section 199 deduction, which many agricultural co-ops use and then pass on the benefits to their farmer members, be retained. Each year, the provision allows about $2 billion to flow directly to growers, who can then deduct their share from their taxes, according to NCFC.

 

The official 2018 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) are still expected to be released on or before Thursday, Nov. 30. Stay tuned to Growth Energy for the latest updates, and read the comments we submitted in August here.

For more details contact Senior Director of Government Affairs John Fuher.

 

IN REGULATIONS

UNFCCC COP23 Meeting Recap

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Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley was in Bonn, Germany, last week for the UN’s COP23 Climate meetings. Growth Energy and Marquis Energy partnered with Ethanol Europe to have a presence in Bonn to show countries seeking to meet their climate goals and targets that ethanol is the most practical and available solution with which to do so. Marquis Energy's CEO Mark Marquis, Director of Business Development Bart Pieper, and Director of Public and Political Affairs Danielle Anderson, as well as Growth Energy's Chris Bliley, were featured in live social media events focused on ethanol and reducing carbon emissions. They also participated in side panels that highlighted the benefits of ethanol. Watch the Facebook livestream of a COP23 panel here, and check out the coalition's Twitter feed here

China & Brazil Updates

While the president was in Asia last week, China announced that they are going to remove the 11 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on imported DDGs from the U.S., which greatly improves the picture for DDG exports to China. Read more here.

 

Last week, Growth Energy joined the U.S. Grains Council and the Renewable Fuels Association in sending a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, and other members of the administration informing him of the group's intent to petition for the suspension of Brazil’s designated country status under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) in response to Brazil's imposed tariff rate quota on U.S. ethanol exports. As stated in the letter, due to Brazil’s “protectionist and market distorting actions in implementing a Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) that affects imports of U.S. ethanol, and pursuant to their obligations under 19 U.S. Code 2462,” Brazil is no longer eligible for GSP trade benefits.

 

Brazil was the United States ethanol industry’s largest export market in 2016, accounting for nearly 500 million gallons of American ethanol. Reversing this decision is vital for both the biofuels industry as well as Brazilian consumers, who will face higher fuel prices if this tariff is not lifted. We believe that this action will further pressure the Brazilian government to work with our government to find a solution on this issue and hopefully reopen the market in Brazil.

For more details contact Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley.

 

AT THE PLANTS

Future Farmers of America Presentation at POET

 
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Ms. Petersen’s Agriculture class from West Central High School in Sioux Falls, S.D., stopped by POET headquarters to provide a presentation called “Is the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act Necessary?” 

Lallemand Announces the Publication of the 6th Edition of The Alcohol Textbook

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The Ethanol Technology Institute (Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits' educational arm) is proud to be a part of the production of the Alcohol School’s crowning achievement, the prestigious and educational Alcohol Textbook. The Alcohol Textbook has become the industry standard and reference guide. First published after the School’s introduction in 1981, it was a collection of notes and information harvested from the first Alcohol School. Its subsequent five editions have expanded to cover every conceivable facet of distilled spirits and ethanol production and has grown from 100 pages to 602 in the current all-new edition.


“We are very pleased to now be able to offer the sixth edition of the preeminent textbook on alcohol production. We have been honored to collaborate with the many accomplished experts who have written chapters in their respective fields. This book has become the 'gold standard' in alcohol processing information in the market today.” said Angus Ballard, president of Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits.

Don't Forget! Community Networking 101 Webinar

The Community Networking 101 webinar is today, Wednesday, November 15, at 11am EDT. This will be the second webinar in a series of three that correspond with the three sections of the Member Advocacy Communications Toolkit, which you can read and download on the Growth Energy website (growthenergy.org/toolkit). See a sample page from the Community Networking 101 section below. Click here to view last month's webinar, which reviewed the Media 101 section.

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For more details contact Vice President of Development Kelly Manning or Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs Chris Hogan.

 

 

IN THE PRESS

Talking Ag with the National Association of Farm Broadcasters

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Last Thursday, Growth Energy staff traveled to Kansas City, Mo., for the annual National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB) Convention. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor participated in Trade Talk, the convention’s centerpiece event that brings together broadcast professionals and agriculture industry leaders. During this whirlwind event, NAFB member broadcasters conduct on-the-spot interviews about issues of importance to the industry. Top of mind for the NAFB members who interviewed Emily was the much-anticipated release of the final Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for 2018. For a glimpse into the NAFB Trade Talk action, be sure to listen to Emily’s latest podcast with Ag Wired.

Advanced Biofuels, Ethanol and the 2018 Proposed RVO: A Roundtable Discussion

 
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On Wednesday, Nov. 8, Fuels America hosted various representatives from the biofuels industry, as well as Hill staffers and Beltway media, for a roundtable discussion on the success of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In the wake of the EPA’s proposed 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s Oct. 19 letter, biofuels executives provided updates on the latest technology, investments, and deployment.

 

Brooke Coleman, the Advanced Biofuels Business Council‘s executive director, served as moderator while panelists from Novozymes, Pacific Ethanol, Quad County Corn Processors, POET, Edeniq, ICM, BIO, and Enerkem talked about how biofuels like ethanol keep the world’s cars going while also keeping the environment healthy. Adam Monroe, president of Novozymes North America, said that Novozymes’ technology has brought down the cost of enzymes for cellulosic production by 90 percent. Novozymes is a Danish company, so Monroe stressed the fact that this energy sector has drawn investment into the United States, which creates domestic jobs.

 

Tom Koehler from Pacific Ethanol brought up the point that most conventional bio-processing plants are ready to add cellulosic technology to their facilities. These integrated biorefineries are already making coproducts such as corn oil, low-carbon ethanol, biogas, and more.

 

Read more about the briefing at Growth Energy's blog. 

For more details contact Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs Chris Hogan.

 

 

AT THE PUMP

Getting to Know... Kum & Go

Growth Energy is happy to partner with a number of market-leading retailers who sell E15 fuel. A new feature you'll see from time to time in the Weekly Rundown will be a profile of one of these retailers. This week: Kum & Go! 

 

Kum & Go offers E15 and E85 at 115 stores throughout the Midwest, and will continue to add these fuel choices at most new stores being built, which is approximately 20 to 30 per year.
 
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W.A. Krause and T.S. Gentle founded Hampton Oil Company on September 1, 1959, in Hampton, Iowa, and their company has now grown to include more than 400 stores in 11 states. Kum & Go is a fourth generation family-owned business. Expanded food offerings as well as a full lineup of fuel options are helping to meet the needs of customers every day.

 

“Growth Energy has been a great partner to Kum & Go by helping us offer more fuel choices to our customers and by promoting the benefits of biofuels. They have also assisted our renewable fuel efforts by providing a strong voice within the biofuels industry,” said Sam Herro, retail fuels manager for Kum & Go.

SIGMA Conference Recap

Last week our market development team met with a dozen retailers from across the nation during the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers (SIGMA) conference. SIGMA members include approximately 260 retailers who command nearly 50 percent of the petroleum retail market and sell approximately 80 billion gallons of motor fuel each year. In past years, our efforts at SIGMA has led to E15/E85 introductions by Sheetz, Kum & Go, Murphy USA, Kwik Trip, QuikTrip, Thorntons and Family Express, to mention a few.

For more details contact Vice President of Market Development Mike O'Brien.

 

AROUND THE WORLD

Trade Mission to India

Growth Energy, along with member companies POET and Marquis Energy, attended a U.S Grains Council trade mission to India in late October. The mission was led by Under Secretary of Agriculture Ted McKinney, who reaffirmed the administration’s commitment to U.S. biofuels and the expansion of opportunities for biofuel exports. The mission included meetings with a variety of governmental and private sector actors in the Indian ethanol market. For example, Growth Energy representatives met with the head of a state pollution control board and a prominent Indian think-tank that advises the nation on environmental and fuel policy. 

 
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The group also met with leaders of India’s private oil companies, sugar manufacturers, ethanol producers, and industrial ethanol users. Growth Energy plans to continue to work closely with a variety of Indian actors to overcome policy barriers to greater ethanol exports to India, and to actively develop markets where no such barriers exist.

For more details on international markets contact Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley.

 
 
 
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