Ag organizations weigh in on federal priorities as calendar changes to 2022 | Agriculture


Organizations had combined reactions Dec. 7 when the Environmental Protection Agency introduced new guidelines.

“We would have liked to have seen higher retroactive numbers for 2020 and 2021. And, we would like to have the 2023 volume announcement that was due the end of November,” stated Kevin Scott, a soybean farmer from Valley Springs, South Dakota, and American Soybean Association president. “We are heartened, however, by the 2022 (renewable volume obligations for refiners) and hope 2023 remains on that upward trajectory.”

Trade talks, farm invoice on horizon

Looking into the longer term, the agricultural “crystal ball” reveals a number of issues. When contemplating what’s forward, the University of Missouri’s Westhoff has questions in regards to the subsequent farm invoice. One of the largest is who will likely be working Congress when it’s time to write the brand new invoice, and what would be the total stability of energy?

“There is a long-term question on future federal biofuel policy,” Westhoff stated. “Provisions in the Renewable Fuels Standard are spelled out very carefully through 2022. Starting in 2023, things are a lot more open-ended for changes by the Environmental Protection Agency or new legislation.”

The Nebraska Farm Bureau narrowed the longer term success of agriculture to some particular agenda objects, the largest of which is commerce. American agriculture is aware of how vital commerce is to its success, Dux stated, but in addition says America has “rested on its laurels” for too lengthy.