The Renewable Fuels Association today sent a letter to Lowe’s CEO Robert Niblock, urging his company to remove a sign appearing at several Midwest locations that inaccurately warns consumers to not use ethanol blends in small engines. The sign, “Ditch the Ethanol,” contains numerous statements that “are simply incorrect and are contrary to the very guidance found in the owner’s manuals on the shelves of your own stores,” RFA explained in its letter. “We find the sign very troubling and are concerned with the massive amount of misinformation posted to ostensibly educate consumers,” said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen. “We urge Lowe’s to remove the misleading sign, or else we may be forced to pursue legal efforts to prevent the further dissemination of false information to consumers.”In the letter, RFA rebutted each statement made on the sign, including:–“Ethanol burns hotter and wears out your small engine faster.Every small engine that you offer at Lowe’s was designed and engineered to run on ethanol blends up to 10% ethanol. If you read any small engine owner’s manual found at Lowe’s, you will see this fact, and that all warranties cover the use of ethanol blends up to 10% ethanol. If this sign was intended for higher blends of ethanol, it should be clarified, and also should be noted that any blend of ethanol in small engine applications would be illegal. This would include E15 and E85. All blends above 10% are clearly labeled at the pump to ensure consumers know that they are not purchasing E10 (or 10% ethanol).Ethanol blended gasoline does not wear out your engine faster, or the manufacturers could not offer warranty to cover today’s fuel. I have personally used E10 in all of my small engines for more than two decades, and have yet to have an issue. This statement makes it seem like Lowe’s has some unique insight and data on engine wear that the own manufacturers that make the engines do not. I highly doubt that is accurate.–“Most pump gas contains 10% or more ethanol.It is true that most pump gas contains ethanol, but 10% ethanol or less, otherwise known as E10 (or fuel approved for all small engine use). Roughly 96% of all unleaded sold today contains 10% ethanol.There are only ~180 stations that sell E15 and ~3,400 stations that sell E85, both of which are not approved for small engines. But, these two higher blends are definitely not commonplace in the 140,000 retail fuel stations.”“I am asking respectfully that Lowe’s work with us to remove this misleading signage at your stores immediately,” Dinneen concluded.Read the letter in its entirety here. Facebook Twitter Home Energy Lowes, Take Down the ‘Ditch the Ethanol’ Sign By Gary Truitt – Mar 17, 2016 SHARE SHARE Lowes, Take Down the ‘Ditch the Ethanol’ Sign Facebook Twitter Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleAg Groups Unite to Support EPA in Lawsuit Gary Truitt
The largest dairy processor in Canada says President Trump “has a point” when it comes to dairy trade between the U.S. and Canada. Saputo Inc. told Reuters, “Canada should consider eliminating its Class 7 milk policy in order to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with the United States.” The CEO says he understands “the frustration,” adding, “quite frankly I think they have every reason to be upset.”The Comments come a week after President Trump targeted Canada’s Dairy Supply Management System, calling it unfair to U.S. farmers. Leadership in Canada has vowed to support the system and are quick to point out that processors created the Class 7 milk issue, not the Canadian government’s dairy policies. The CEO of Saputo says Canada dairy cannot think “we’ll come out of this unchanged.” By Hoosier Ag Today – Jun 20, 2018 Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Canada Dairy Group Understanding of U.S. Frustrations SHARE Facebook Twitter Canada Dairy Group Understanding of U.S. Frustrations SHARE Previous articlePurdue’s Ejeta Named Chair of the World Food Prize Laureate Selection CommitteeNext articleChina Could Step Up Trade War Tactics Hoosier Ag Today
Related Articles Eleven state attorney generals are joined a complaint challenging the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to a brief filed with the United States Supreme Court obtained by Reverse Mortgage Daily. The brief argues that the leadership structure of the CFPB is unconstitutional, stating that its structure encroaches on the states’ own abilities to enforce its own consumer protection laws.The coalition of states includes Texas, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and West Virginia.“If Congress wishes to permit federal agencies to assist or preempt States in protecting consumers, it must do so in a manner consistent with Article II of the Constitution,” the brief reads in part. “The CFPB’s structure violates the Constitution whether its director was (at any given point) temporary or permanent. The CFPB thus had no authority to bring or to continue the enforcement action.”The CFPB was similarly challenged earlier this year by a California law firm that argues the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutionally structured. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal of the law firm, Seila Law, who alleges that the structure of the agency grants too much power to its director.The Supreme Court is expected to hear the Seila Law LLC V. Consumer Protection Bureau suit some time in 2020, and CNBC reports that a decision in the case is likely by the end of June.Last year, in a split decision, a Washington appeals court reversed a previous ruling, declaring the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to be constitutional after all. The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in January 2018 that the CFPB’s structure is constitutional and that the director of the agency can only be fired by the president for “inefficiency, neglect of duty, or malfeasance in office.”The court’s ruling read, in part, “None of the theories advanced by PHH supports its claim that the CFPB is different in kind from the other independent agencies and, in particular, traditional independent financial regulators.” Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago CFPB Constitutionality 2019-11-13 Seth Welborn Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Previous: Junior Lienholders: Claim Your Surplus Funds Next: Fannie and Freddie Transfer Risk on $281.4B of UPB November 13, 2019 1,927 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago 11 State Attorneys General Challenge CFPB Leadership Structure Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Tagged with: CFPB Constitutionality Home / Daily Dose / 11 State Attorneys General Challenge CFPB Leadership Structure Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe
Maine Joins Vermont, Other States in NECAP Testing PartnershipMONTPELIER – Maine has joined New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont as the fourth member of the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP), the first and only multi-state testing partnership formed in response to the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).As the newest NECAP partner, Maine will join the other three member states in developing and administering the NECAP tests in reading, writing, and mathematics to all students in grades 3 through 8. The tests are developed in common by all partner states and are aligned with the state standards (what all students should know and be able to do at each grade level) that all NECAP states have adopted.The results of the tests, which are required by NCLB, determine whether schools have made Adequate Yearly Progress and what actions state agencies will initiate to assist in improving student performance.Teachers from the NECAP states are involved in the development of the test items and set the standards for scoring the tests. The states administer the tests each October. Measured Progress, of Dover, N.H., produces, distributes, collects, and scores the tests and issues resulting reports, under the terms of a multi-state contract that runs through the end of 2014.With Maine as a member of the NECAP partnership, all states will benefit from a lower per-pupil cost for the test administration. The addition of the expertise of Maine educators will allow the NECAP partner states to maintain the high quality of the NECAP tests, even in a time of diminishing funds.”Maine has always been very excited about the NECAP but was unable to participate initially because of a required change in Maine statutes,” said Maine Education Commissioner Susan A. Gendron. “We are very appreciative of the three states’ willingness to have Maine join the partnership. The New England states are a lot more alike than different – we have similar standards and rigorous expectations. This will help us maximize the quality of education and share the expertise of our educators.””We are pleased that Maine has joined this important collaborative,” said Acting Vermont Education Commissioner Bill Talbott. “The development of this caliber of assessment would have been prohibitive if the states had worked individually. Maine’s participation will expand the resources, ideas, and expertise so the four New England states will enjoy a high-quality assessment for their students in mathematics and literacy.””We are proud to welcome Maine to the NECAP collaboration,” said Measured Progress Chief Executive Officer Stuart Kahl. “The four states share a profound dedication to the education of their students and a heritage of leadership in high-quality, rigorous student assessments. Maine educators will bring great commitment and resourcefulness to an already superior collaboration.”Maine, which has used Measured Progress to develop its own state tests, will use NECAP tests in Grades 3 through 8 only and will continue to use the College Board SAT as its high-school assessment.At this time, Maine has not joined the NECAP partnership on science tests, which is managed through a separate contract with Measured Progress. The four states have agreed to discuss establishing a four-state partnership for the science test.The NECAP partnership originated in a series of discussions among New England states that began in 2002, shortly after NCLB, which required all states to expand their testing programs, became law. The NECAP contract with Measured Progress was signed in 2004, and the partner states administered the first NECAP tests in October 2005. Each member state posts information about the testing process and test results on its Web site.In Vermont, seehttp://education.vermont.gov/new/html/pgm_assessment/necap.html(link is external).
Coming off an impressive third place performance in the Big Ten Indoor Championships last weekend in Minneapolis, the Wisconsin men’s track and field team is hoping for much of the same in the Alex Wilson Invitational Saturday.Although the women’s track and field team will not be competing in the event, it’s a critical one for the men. This is the last event before the NCAA Indoor Championships later this month, and several athletes in the event need to perform well in South Bend, Ind. to qualify for a spot in the national championships.Since this meet has crucial implications, the athletes who have not qualified for the NCAA Championships yet have to step up their level of competition, or else this could be their final indoor event of the year.“This is different than the Big Ten meet that we just came off from because it’s less strategic,” junior distance runner Landon Peacock said. “I’m trying to run a fast time in this one, so it’s kind of more even paced and getting at it from the gun.”Peacock, who won the 5,000-meter race in the Big Ten Indoor Championships last weekend, is one of the athletes hoping to qualify for the NCAAs with a satisfactory time at this meet.Despite a strong performance at the Big Ten meet, Peacock and his teammates realize it will be no easy task to get the qualification times they need. With such a talented field at the Alex Wilson, Peacock’s strategy is just to keep up with the competition.“The challenge will be just hanging onto the [leading] pack,” Peacock said. “That whole pack will probably run pretty fast times, so just holding on and maybe having a little bit of luck in the end.”In other events, Peacock’s teammate Kyle Jefferson, a junior sprinter, also has a lot riding on the Alex Wilson Invitational. Like Peacock, this is Jefferson’s last opportunity to make nationals.Jefferson finished fifth in the 200 meters last week at the Big Ten championship, with a time of 21.82 seconds. He will have to drop his time to 21.23 to auto-qualify for the NCAA championships.Despite the importance of this invitational, Jefferson is looking at it as just another race and does not plan on changing anything in particular for this meet.“Just keep doing what I’ve been doing all along — staying focused, staying relaxed and just go out there and compete. You know, leave it all on the track,” Jefferson said.Sticking to the usual strategy seemed like a common theme among the team going into this weekend. At this point in the season, the Badgers track and field team is looking to continue what has brought them success thus far rather than changing things up at the end of the year.The team is looking to keep things simple in the event, and stressing the importance of solid performances over top-place finishes.“This meet is about running fast or jumping high or throwing far, whatever the case is, more than about what place you get,” men’s track and field head coach Ed Nuttycombe said. “So you, you run with a little more aggressiveness as opposed to a little less tactical.”Even though Peacock and Jefferson need to use this race to qualify for the NCAA Championships, for other track and field athletes it just serves as a tune up.Coming off the Big Ten meet, many athletes are competing in the Alex Wilson simply to stay focused and fresh for the upcoming NCAA Championships. Although this role might come with less pressure, this meet still plays an essential role in preparing for the most important race of the year.“We’re just trying to bridge that competitive gap so that there’s not a weekend in between Big Tens and NCAAs,” Nuttycombe said. “This time of the year you want some continuity.”With such a wide range of athletes competing in this event — those that have to put it all on the line an those who are simply warming up for the NCAA Championships — it might seem that the meet turns into more of an individual competition. However, the UW men’s track and field squad maintains strong team unity.“I’m excited about it. I know my team’s excited to go with me and support me as well as I am to support them, and that’s what I’m ready to do,” Jefferson said.