Sen. Ted Cruz's theatrics and demands for White House meetings led to the ethanol industry and biofuel defenders such as Sens Joni Ernst and Charles Grassley to get in front of President Donald Trump. And then they all got to talk about the prospects of E15. Basically, Cruz's grandstanding over RIN prices could inadvertently lead to more ethanol use year-round.
The first barge has yet to make its way through Lake Pepin to get to St. Paul, Minnesota, because the ice in the middle of the lake was still too thick on March 14, 2018, to allow tows to pass through.
The White House took tough trade actions Thursday against China, raising farmers' fears of losing more demand for commodities in a trade war between the two countries. China is the largest U.S. agricultural export market, pegged at $21.6 billion in value for 2018.