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U.S. Favors Midwest Corn Farmers in Proposed Biofuels Quotas

  • Move sets up clash with oil refiners that pushed smaller quota
  • Trump administration lowering target for advanced biofuels
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The Trump administration proposed a requirement that U.S. refiners use 15 billion gallons of conventional renewable fuels in 2018, while lowering targets for advanced alternatives that oil refiners have described as unattainable.

The proposal strikes a delicate balance on federal renewable fuel mandates by delivering a modest win to Midwest corn farmers supplying the bulk of traditional ethanol at the expense of companies producing next-generation alternatives.