National Corn Growers Association Issues RFS Call to Action

Source: Farm Futures • Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

National Corn Growers Association is calling on members, and allies, to defend ethanol.

This week the National Corn Growers Association is putting the full court press on members and allies to rally behind a move to defend ethanol. The proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency renewable fuel standard for 2014 would be a 1.4 billion gallon reduction from what is required under existing law.

NCGA is calling for members to submit comments to the EPA opposing the proposal. In a press statement, Martin Barbre, NCGA president, says: “It’s critical that our growers and all those concerned about the rural economy stand up for corn ethanol and urge the EPA to keep the volume obligations as they are now written in the law. The impacts of the EPA’s proposal, if enacted, will ripple throughout communities where America’s family farmers live, shop and do business.”

The organization notes the reduced RFS standard will weigh on already lower corn prices – which are down 40% from less than a year ago, and could negatively impact planting decisions for 2014. And it will reduce the environmental benefits of using more domestic, renewable fuels, the group says.

Farmers interested in making a comment can click here for more information and to respond to the EPA, which is accepting public comments until January 28.

EPA is also slated to hold a public hearing on the measure later this week, you can learn more from this Federal Register notice.

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