Corn growers push Obama to up the RFS

Source: By JENNY HOPKINSON, Politico • Posted: Friday, November 13, 2015

CORN GROWERS PUSH OBAMA TO UP RFS: The National Corn Growers Association is urging the Obama administration to set the 2016 Renewable Fuel Standard for ethanol at a level in line with the law and scrap the EPA’s proposal to lower the requirement. In a letter to President Barack Obama, NCGA President Chip Bowling argued that a high volume requirement for corn ethanol is needed as farmers are facing falling corn prices due to a bumper crop.

“This action will provide a crucial demand signal to commodity markets, benefit rural economies, and solidify your commitment to a lower carbon future,” Bowling wrote. “The EPA’s recommendation is one we cannot afford in America’s heartland.” The letter is here:

With the 2016 standard expected to be released later this month, oil and biofuels groups are rushing to the White House Office of Management and Budget to make their final pleas for the rule. Officials met with representatives from Valero Energy Corporation on Tuesday, and are scheduled to sit down over the next few weeks with the National Biodiesel Board, Renewable Fuels Association, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and Biogas Researchers Inc., according to meeting records.