Today’s quick hits, Aug. 25, 2021

Walker runs in Georgia: Former football star Herschel Walker, backed by former President Trump, filed as a candidate for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. (Associated Press)

Getting to net-zero: Ethanol plants can report net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases by the end of this decade if they get on board with a plan to capture and ship their carbon emissions via pipeline to be injected into geologic formations hundreds of miles away. (DTN/Progressive Farmer)

Debt relief dilemma: With three federal court injunctions against a $4 billion program of debt relief for minority farmers, the Biden administration has two options – risk further setbacks in court or ask Congress to enact a new loan forgiveness plan. (Politico)

Erosion at the bank: A third or more of the phosphorous in Iowa’s waterways comes from eroding stream banks. That works out to a long-term average of 7,680 tonnes a year of the plant nutrient that also is a factor in the “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico. (Iowa State University)

Pleading for lower RFS: Seventeen Republican senators asked the EPA to waive or significantly reduce the volume requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2020, and set the upcoming 2021 and 2022 renewable fuel obligations at levels that “reflect reality.” The sought the action to prevent “financial hardship for consumers and protect the continued viability of U.S. refineries.” (Sen. Toomey)