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Brazil reduces biodiesel blend to 10% for September, October

The Brazilian government announced on Aug. 13 that the blend requirement for biodiesel sold at the pump will be temporarily lowered from 12 percent to 10 percent for the months of September and October. A statement published by the Brazlian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) said the reduction is necessary to ensure domestic supplies of diesel…



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US Leaves Anti-Dumping Duties in Place on Argentine Biodiesel

After a lengthy review, the U.S. Department of Commerce decided this week to leave duties in place on biodiesel imports from Argentina. Argentina's biodiesel industry received a second look from the U.S. Commerce Department in November 2018, on its decision to penalize the country's biodiesel exports to the United States with antidumping and countervailing duties. Such a review typically takes…



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Malaysia Extends Lockdown to end-April

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced on Friday the extension of the movement control order (MCO) until April 28, close to the start of Ramadan. Muhyiddin explained that the decision was in line with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidelines that advises against lifting MCOs too early to avoid a reoccurring wave of infections. The Prime Minister advised Malaysians to…



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Virus hobbles Argentina’s biggest soy exporters – with harvest nearing

The world’s biggest exporters of soybean meal and oil are fending off a slew of logistical hurdles as they rush to get ready for the impending harvest in Argentina. For the Latin American nation’s soy industry, it’s the toughest start to a harvest in recent memory. Farmers and exporters are bidding to crush beans and ship tens of millions of…



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Argentine soymeal plants hit by massive cut in beans supplies, export chamber says

Soybean deliveries to crushing plants have been severely cut in Argentina, the world’s top supplier of soymeal livestock feed, as the country reacts to the coronavirus pandemic, the local grains export industry chamber said on Tuesday. More than 70 municipalities throughout the country are enforcing anti-coronavirus measures by controlling the movement of farm produce through their jurisdictions, according to data…



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Production coupled with preservation

Usually associated with positive themes like soccer and samba, in 2019, several negative facts related with Brazil reverberated globally. Amazon wildfires, for example, have made headlines in international news, and the hashtag #PrayforAmazonas ranks first on Twitter’s worldwide trending topics. The British newspaper “The Guardian”, the website of US magazine “National Geographic”, the CBS television network, and several German newspapers…



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Trump’s EPA yet again hurts farmers, biofuels in final RFS rule

The U.S. EPA released its final rule for the 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard and biomass-based diesel volumes for 2021. Disappointingly, the agency left the 2021 biomass-based diesel volumes at 2020 levels, or 2.43 billion gallons, while slightly increasing the 2020 advanced biofuel targets from its proposed 5.04 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons to 5.09 billion gallons - but this only provides growth…



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Argentina expected to increase commodity export taxes

On December 10th Argentina will inaugurate a new President, Alberto Fernandez, and a new vice President, Cristina Kirchner. Not much is known about President Elect Fernandez's potential future economic policies, but we know a lot about Vice President Kirchner's economic policies in the past when she was president for two terms and that is why the agricultural sector is very…



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Will corn threaten soy’s dominance as alternative feed protein?

Fish feed containing protein ingredients made from ethanol produced from corn are expected to be made available on a commercial scale in Brazil in 2020, raising the stakes for soy producers supplying the aquaculture industry. Supplies of fish feed containing protein ingredients made from ethanol produced from corn are expected to be made available on a commercial scale in Brazil…