Ag Groups Urge President to Maintain Strong and Growing RFS

In a letter to President Barack Obama, several agriculture groups urged the President to intervene in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule and reject cuts to the 2014 renewable volume obligations (RVO) under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), and maintain a strong and growing RFS.

The letter states, “The blending targets and the methodology in your administration’s proposed rule are already causing significant harm to the biofuel sector. These impacts are reverberating throughout the U.S. agriculture economy, and we expect this trend to continue if the targets and the methodology in the rule are not corrected.”

The letter continued, “We’ve worked with advanced biofuel producers to identify new sources of feedstocks. Using newly designed equipment, we’re harvesting corn stover from existing fields to feed low carbon cellulosic ethanol facilities. Across the country, farmers are finding new crops to drive our energy independence with investments in sorghum, barley, wheat, woody biomass, and other dedicated energy crops that will diversify our feedstock supply. irfa-rfs

“This innovation pipeline is helping to drive an economic renaissance in rural America. There are four commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plants opening in 2014 alone, creating hundreds of new jobs in rural America.”

The groups concluded, “We have invested in response to the signals in the RFS and are poised to deliver the very low carbon fuels you have sought for so long. Instead of reaping the economic benefits of this investment with a build-out of a domestic biofuel industry, the methodology proposed by EPA is offshoring the industry – and our market. This is a decision we cannot afford in America’s heartland. We urge you to ensure that the EPA modifies this damaging rule.”

The National Corn Growers Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, National Farmers Union, Agricultural Retailers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and the Association of Equipment Manufacturesall signed the letter.

To read the entire letter, please click here.

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