As House Democrats seem set in their ways regarding the farm bill, House Republicans plan to keep plugging away. House Ag Committee Member Rodney Davis (R-Ill) said that even with Democrats’ firm stance in opposition to the bill, much can be gained through the process of debating what’s in it.
Davis said ranking member Rep. Collin Peterson (D- Minn) will ultimately catch the brunt of the criticism, but doesn’t believe that the party’s stance is being driven by him, and instead points to Representatives further up the chain. Specifically, he blames Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif)
“It’s all about November,” said Davis. “Nancy Pelosi thinks that she can regain the speakers gavel and she is using her leadership opportunity to just turn everything into a political argument.”
Ultimately, Davis hopes that bipartisan troubles will go away and members will start reaching across the aisle to work with their colleagues.
Aron Carlson, president of the Illinois Corn Growers Association, said that his members are most concerned with crop insurance changes in the farm bill. A recent survey showed that most of the group’s members want to see the same style of crop insurance they are used to.
1.37 billion gallons of Ethanol were exported in 2017, marking a record year.
AgriTalk host Chip Flory calculated roughly 470 million bushels of U.S. corn were used in production. Brian Healy, manager of ethanol export market development, with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), they are constantly working to find new ways to export more ethanol.
One of those areas USGC is looking to develop exports is to Mexico, where it is actively working to teach sellers and consumers about the advantages of increased levels of ethanol in their fuel.
In Japan, U.S. ethanol is only recently making its way into the country, and Healy said that will equate to about 100 million gallons of market share this year.
However, he said that it hasn’t all been roses to start 2018 though.
“All of a sudden we had this uptick in exports to China from November of 2017 through February of this year, but now with the new tariff at 45 percent it’s likely to reduce our market export again,” said Healy.