Corn growers and other biofuel producers are particularly angered by the EPA's approval of 31 such waivers in August. "The action last month sparked a backlash from producers who say the exemptions undermine demand for ethanol, exacerbating economic challenges in agriculture including low crop prices and the trade war with China," Ryan McCrimmon reports for Politico's Morning Agriculture. "The National Corn Growers Association on Friday said Trump’s ethanol moves have cost 2,700 rural jobs and affected demand for 300 million bushels of corn due to lower ethanol production and plant closures."
"It’s unclear if a compromise the White House is now considering will be enough to placate farmers," McCrimmon reports. "Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and White House aides are negotiating details of a plan to boost both corn ethanol and soy-based biodiesel by raising blending requirements for next year. The plan under consideration would add about 875 million gallons to refiners’ obligations, but that accounts for just a third of the volume affected by the EPA waivers."