Ethanol plan to ‘net out’ at 15 billion gallons – EPA’s Wheeler
The EPA will adjust the Renewable Fuel Standard to “net out” at 15 billion gallons in 2020 after waivers to some oil refineries, said administrator Andrew Wheeler, a compromise between the ethanol and oil industries.
Michigan songbird off endangered species list
Three decades ago, a bird census counted fewer than 400 Kirtland’s warblers, a small, golden-chested songbird that nests in young jack pine forests in the upper Midwest. On Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the bird from the endangered species list, pointing to a remarkable recovery. The news came just two months after the Trump administration announced plans to significantly weaken the Endangered Species Act.
TODAY’S QUICK HITS
China-U.S. trade deal unlikely (CNBC): Trade experts, pointing to complicating factors such as new U.S. restrictions on high-tech Chinese companies and travel limits on Chinese officials, say it is highly unlikely that negotiations this week will yield a resolution of the trade war.
Glyphosate trial postponed indefinitely (Reuters): The maker of the herbicide glyphosate said a court trial alleging the weedkiller causes cancer, due to open on Oct. 15, has been postponed, with a court status conference set for February.
Broadband, a rural agent of change (Civil Eats): Broadband service, now available to 2 of every 3 rural Americans, could transform farm communities but it also could open the way to a wave of consolidation that favors larger operators.
Can you take hemp to the bank? (Stateline): People who grow and sell industrial hemp, including products containing CBD, are running into the same problems with the financial system that tripped up marijuana entrepreneurs: Banks and credit card companies are unwilling to handle their money.
When ‘clean eating’ becomes an obsession (NPR): The obsessive goal of eating healthy food can turn into an eating disorder – orthorexia nervosa – that interferes with social interactions and is short on critical nutrients.