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Renewable Fuels, Farm Shows and the Price of Thanksgiving

7 things you might have missed this week

Published on: Nov 15, 2013

Need to catch up? Here are some stories you might have missed this week.

1. Ethanol groups not impressed with AP report. Ethanol groups unleashed considerable backlash over a report released this week by the Associated Press that offered criticism for corn ethanol's environmental footprint.

2. Enjoy your turkey – at a price similar to last year's. The American Farm Bureau this week said turkey for 10, plus all the traditional Thanksgiving trimmings, will cost about $49.48 this year – 44 cents less than last year.

7 things you might have missed this week
7 things you might have missed this week

3. RFS at current level keeps jobs in biodiesel industry, report says. The National Biodiesel Board this week released commissioned economic study that found 8,000 jobs could be at stake with a Renewable Fuel Standard rollback to 1.28 billion gallons.

4. King stands by Protect Interstate Commerce amendment. Until conferees make a final decision on the 2013 Farm Bill, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is standing firm on his amendment to the bill, which could have impacts on how states regulate agricultural product production.

5. Ag groups keep an eye on EPA water regs. Farm groups have submitted comments on an EPA report that makes a case for expanding the definition for waters that can be controlled under the Clean Water Act. Groups say previous judgments by the Supreme Court have made it clear that to regulate additional water bodies, EPA must show a hydrologic connection to navigable waters.

6. Federal websites are having a hard time this month. Those interested in providing comments to the Food and Drug Administration about the new food safety regulations weren't too pleased this week when the website to submit comments was showing sporadic error messages. FDA on Friday acknowledged the snafu, allowing a 7-day extension of the comment period.

7. If this is Mittwoch, or Wednesday, it's all the same. Wednesdays are big at farm shows, Editorial Director Willie Vogt knows – and Wednesday at Europe's big Agrictechnica show is no different. Check out the photo gallery.

And your bonus:

It's a ba"CON" Act, one Twitter user says. Regardless, there's a guy in New York looking to get rid of 300 pounds of bacon, according to a short posting on Craigslist. It's good for a laugh, anyway.

As always, keep up throughout the week with daily ag news and markets updates by visiting us on Twitter or Facebook.