EPA Raises 2013 Biofuels Target

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has increased its 2013 biofuel targets, requiring refiners to blend 1.28 billion gallons of biodiesel into traditional transportation fuel next year, vs. a 1-billion gallon requirement for 2012. According to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, the new biofuel blending requirement meets goals set forth by Congress and is “another step…

E-Verify Extended Until 2015

Employers will be able to use an online federal database to confirm new hires are eligible to work in the United States for three more years, the National Restaurant Association reports. The federal E-Verify program has been approved by Congress until Sept. 30, 2015, and President Barack Obama will likely sign the bill soon. The…

NRF Encourages Retailers to Get Out and Vote

The morning after the first presidential debate, the National Retail Federation (NRF) launched a grassroots get-out-the-vote initiative. Named Retail Means Votes, the non-partisan effort is intended to educate and engage America’s retail industry, which supports 42 million American jobs. In addition, Retail Means Votes was created to encourage retailers to become active participants in next…

Farm Bill Stalled

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack expressed frustration with the House of Representatives for not having passed the 2012 Farm Bill. “U.S. agriculture is fighting to maintain the tremendous momentum it has built over the past three years, but with natural disasters and other external forces threatening livelihoods of our farmers and ranchers, certainty is more important…