(Posted Mon. Jun 22nd, 2015)
Scores of corn growers from more than a dozen states will converge on Kansas City, Kan., Thursday for a public hearing and rally about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to slash nearly 4 billion gallons of corn ethanol from the Renewable Fuel Standard through 2016.
“Last time, we were very clear to EPA about what we wanted,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “It is simple: EPA should follow the statute. For farmers and others in rural America, this new EPA proposal means low corn prices and ethanol plant and industry cutbacks. And for everyone, it means higher gas prices and dirtier air.”
All farmers who can make the trip are encouraged to attend the hearing and public rally, with free bus transportation provided from several points across four states – Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa. The buses are scheduled so growers can depart and return the same day, and free food and refreshments will be provided.
A rally in conjunction with the public hearing will kick off at 11:30 a.m. at nearby Huron Park, with several prominent agriculture, business and political leaders talking about the importance of renewable fuels for rural America.