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Sorghum Notes | April 27, 2017

Sorghum Notes | April 27, 2017




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NSP Signs Letter to Congress Urging Removal of RVP Limits
National Sorghum Producers joined the National Corn Growers Association, American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union in signing a letter to members of the House and Senate in support of removing an unnecessary EPA limitation on fuel retailers, giving consumers a choice at the pump that saves them money, enhances vehicle performance and improves the environment.

In 1990, Congress limited the amount of evaporative emissions from fuels to 9 pounds per square inch (psi) of Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP). Pure ethanol has a 3 psi RVP, but when combined with gasoline at low levels, fuel RVP can exceed 9 psi. As a result, Congress allowed fuel with 10 percent ethanol to have a 1 psi RVP waiver. EPA has extended that relief to blends of less than 10 percent, but EPA has declined to extend the relief to blends greater than 10 percent, such as E15.

The real-world impact of this EPA barrier is retailers in most areas of the country cannot offer E15 during the summer driving season that runs from June 1 through September 15, so many simply do not offer it at all. However, retailers in air quality non-attainment areas can offer E15 year-round due to the greater reduction in exhaust emissions, and retailers have been doing so in increasing numbers.

Senate Confirms Sonny Perdue to be Secretary of Agriculture
On Monday, April 24, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture by a vote of 87 to 11. Perdue was confirmed 95 days after then President-elect Trump announced his nomination, with the Senate receiving the official nomination 46 days prior to the final vote.

Perdue served in the Georgia Senate for 11 years before serving two terms as governor. As Secretary of Agriculture for the USDA, Perdue will oversee all aspects of America’s food providers, distributors, farmers and ranchers in an effort to provide a safe, healthy and affordable U.S. food supply.

President Trump issued an executive order on April 25 directing newly confirmed Secretary Perdue to convene a task force to conduct a 180-day review of concerns in rural America and zero in on regulations that hinder job growth in agricultural and rural economies.

“President Trump has made it clear that addressing the needs of rural America will be a top priority, and the message that we want to send to the agriculture community is that we are here, we are working hard, and we are on their side,” stated Perdue.

As agriculture anticipates a new advocate and leader in the administration, NSP will work closely with Perdue and the USDA on issues important to the sorghum industry, such as farm programs, trade, market development, energy and more. 

Colorado Sorghum Producer Invited to the White House
On Wednesday, April 26, Terry Swanson from Walsh, Colorado, attended a round-table meeting held at the White House with 14 farmers from across the nation, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and newly confirmed Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Swanson, a cattle rancher and truly diversified producer, is an outstanding representative of U.S. farmers and ranchers during this historic time in Washington, D.C.

The producers were selected from California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ohio and Pennsylvania to showcase the diverse nature of the industry and to discuss issues important to agriculture. This representation of a body of agriculture producers in the White House has not been seen since the 1980s, and the quality time these producers received with President Trump is a positive step forward for agriculture.

Export Report
Exports remained strong this week with China, Japan and Mexico committing to purchase 2.5 million bushels. This brings total commitments for the year to 163 million bushels or 73 percent of the USDA export target. Exports are still ahead of the 5-year average pace needed to meet this target. This week’s export sales report included updated food aid donation data, and total donations of sorghum in this marketing year are 7.6 million bushels. Adding this amount to total commitments brings the amount of sorghum committed to international destinations to 76 percent of the USDA export target. Deliveries were also strong, with shipments to Japan, Mexico and Taiwan totaling 1.1 million bushels. Prices on the Gulf Coast were firm on these shipments with sorghum bids for April or May delivery posted at 108 percent of corn or $4.33 per bushel. Interior bids were steady as well. 

Crop Update
Producers planted 24 percent of the nation’s sorghum crop by April 23, five percentage points ahead of last year and slightly ahead of the 5-year average. Planting remained largely limited to the Delta and the southern Great Plains. Planting was most active in Arkansas and Louisiana, where progress advanced 16 and 29 percentage points, respectively, during the week.

Sorghum in the Spotlight:

May 1-2              NAFB Washington Watch, Washington, D.C.
May 4                 PGFA Conference, Amarillo, Texas
June 9                McLennan County Row Crop Tour, Waco, Texas
June 16              McLennan County Row Crop Tour-Westside, Crawford, Texas

For a full view of calendar events, visit the NSP website calendar.

Market News – To view this week’s Gulf export grain report, click here.

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About Sorghum Notes
Sorghum Notes is a publication of the National Sorghum Producers. NSP represents U.S. sorghum producers and serves as the voice of the sorghum industry from coast to coast through education and legislative and regulatory representation. 











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