Biofuel Groups Back Ag Provisions in Build Back Better Act

Source: By Chris Clayton, DTN Senior Ag Editor • Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Growth Energy, the National Biodiesel Board, the National Corn Growers, the National Farmers Union, and the Renewable Fuels Association on Monday announced their support for provisions and agricultural portions of the Build Back Better Act.

In a letter to Senate Agriculture Committee Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott, D-Ga., the groups wrote that the Build Back Better Act “will build new markets for farmers and biofuel producers and help lower the carbon intensity of agriculture.”

The House passed the $1.7 trillion reconciliation bill on Friday and the Senate is expected to act on it in December.

“One of the most pressing challenges facing biofuel producers is ensuring that consumers have consistent access to higher-level ethanol and biodiesel blends, which are lower carbon and lower cost than petroleum fuels. The Biofuel Infrastructure and Agriculture Product Market Expansion provision in the BBB Act helps address this issue and contains much-needed funding to ensure consumers have access to these fuels,” thee groups wrote, pointing to $1 billion allocated to upgrade refueling and distribution infrastructure meant for higher blends of ethanol.

The biofuel and agricultural groups also pointed to lifecycle analysis illustrating how improved farm practices continue to drive down the carbon intensity of farming, and therefore the overall carbon intensity of biofuels.

“The BBB Act provides further voluntary incentives like cover crops, nutrient management, buffers, and incentives for locally-led conservation efforts that will help reduce the carbon intensity of agriculture even further, helping biofuel producers provide an even lower carbon liquid fuel at a time when demand for low carbon fuels is rising. As biofuel producers capture the value of low carbon farming practices, farmers would also have the opportunity to benefit in the form of premium prices for their commodities,” the groups highlighted.

The full letter can be viewed at https://ethanolrfa.org/…

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