AgriTalk: RFS, Farm Bills, and Old Tractors

May 7, 2018 08:42 PM

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is preparing for a busy week, with a meeting about the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and farm bill work ahead for the Senate Ag Committee.

In regards to the RFS, Grassley isn’t sure what to expect from the meetings, but he has high hopes.

“I hope we get some finality on the vapor rule,” said Grassley. “We want [renewable fuel identification] prices to go down, and they will go down as you increase the availability of E15 around the country, and regardless of whether prices are high or low, there seems to be a very liberal use of the word hardship.”

Grassley referenced last month’s trouble with the Environmental Protection Agency’s disbursement of RFS waivers to larger refiners. He hopes to find a way to hold the president to his campaign promise to support renewable fuels.

Farm Bill

Grassley told AgriTalk host Chip Flory that the Senate version of the Farm Bill will come about much differently than the version currently moving through the House.

“There is a great deal of bipartisan cooperation on the [Senate] Ag Committee, so it’s not like the house recently did—abandon their bipartisan approach to farm bills—and come out with a partisan bill,” said Grassley.

He also says that the president’s decision on the Iranian nuclear deal will depend largely on decision made in Europe.

Man vs. Machine

Machinery Pete had a unique Pick of the Week, choosing man over machine. His pick of the week this week received an honorary Doctorate of Science from Iowa State University.

He said that John Kinzenbaw is very respected in the farm machinery world, and Flory called the distinction well-deserved. You can find out more at Also, click the player above to hear Machinery Pete breaks down auctions all across the Midwest.

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