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EU puts tarrif on US Biodiesel

The European Union has started applying tariffs to biofuel exported from the US to the EU. The EU says that American biodiesel is being sold at less than the true cost of production in the US because of local, state and national subsidies to producers and that this competition is unfair. The report comes from […]

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Splash dash and a lot of biodiesel pain

Splash dash and a lot of biodiesel pain European Biofuel producers are considering legal action through the European Commission to halt they see as US biofuel producers dumping biofuel within the EU. Exports from the US gain

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WTO Bali meeting could help reduce biofuel tariffs

The WTO meeting in Bali from 8 December, could (theoretically) lead to a reduction in tariffs on biofuels and also support for farmers. According to the GuardianUnlimited, reporting a story from Reuters. [President] Bush said on Wednesday the United States’ guiding principle in the Bali talks would be to find a way to reduce greenhouse […]

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European Ethanol Association

There is a new trade group designed to promote industrial ethanol in the European Union… called the Industrial Ethanol Association. It has an interesting view of fair trade in ethanol…

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US small farmers think biofuels won’t hit the world’s poor

Ethanol production has had a profound impact on U.S. agriculture in recent years. Now that more than two billion bushels of U.S. corn are used for ethanol production, a legitimate question is continually being asked—are people going hungry due to the seemingly insatiable U.S. demand for fuel? This paper looks at the relationship, not a […]

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Sweden calls for tariff-free biofuel trade

Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Trade, Sten Tolgfors recently used the,Taipei Times (where else) to call for the global trade in biofuels to be tariff-free. Sweden’s starting point is the conviction that a more liberal trade regime, coupled with global standards, is needed. As a first measure, Sweden argues for the elimination of all tariffs on […]

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Chicago board of trade offers monthly agricutlural updates

The Chicago Board of Trade is offering monthly global agricultural market up dates, from 15th of each month.

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Brazil’s new ethanol futures contract

Brazil launched a futures contract for anhydrous ethanol on its Mercantile and Futures Exchange. The announcement was made on 24 April and the aim is to give producers and investors a chance of some certainty in the market in the future. According to my friend, William Lemos, writing for ICIS news in Houston, Texas : The […]

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CBOT mini corn and wheat futures

If you’re dabbling or playing seriously in the Chicago Board of Trade Mini corn and wheat futures, you can see what the market’s doing at no charge and live.

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Biofuels: The Next WTO Spat

The Wall St Journal’s Grace Fan has rounded up a bunch of global biofuels cat fights and suggests that Biofuels will be the next WTO spat. That’s a bit tentative, and I’d agree with that position in terms of being the next spat (it could easily be over corsets, fire engines, or marmalade)  but, because Biofuels […]

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