Thankful for biofuels

Source: BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico • Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2021

A bushel of farm and ethanol groups wrote to the chairs of the House and Senate Ag committees Monday thanking them for biofuel provisions in the reconciliation package. The legislation is headed to the Senate after it passed the House last week, where it is all but certain to undergo some major shifts.

The letter, addressed to Senate Agriculture Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), makes the case not to touch the biofuel bits during the rearrange. The proposed spending package includes nearly $1 billion in funding to expand biofuel infrastructure and increase usage of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel.

“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 write. “These further reductions are important to ensure a long-term future for biofuels as policymakers and the public look to lower the carbon intensity of transportation.”

Signatories include Growth Energy, the National Biodiesel Board, the National Corn Growers Association, the National Farmers Union and the Renewable Fuels Association. Read their letter here.