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(Posted Tue. Jan 28th, 2014)

Keywords: RFS RVO Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association today submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, formally opposing its proposal to slash the amount of corn ethanol required in the Renewable Fuel Standard and citing the severe economic and environmental ramifications potential action. With a midnight (Eastern Standard Time) deadline looming, NCGA calls upon all members, farmers and their allies to join them in support of the RFS by submitting personal comments.   To submit comments, click here.   For 2014, the EPA has proposed a 1.4 billion gallon reduction in how much corn ethanol will be required under the RFS, the federal law that requires the blending of domestic, renewable, cleaner-burning corn ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply.    ”The RFS is an important tool in the nation’s effort to achieve cleaner fuels,” wrote NCGA President Martin Barbre in the opening letter of the comments. “Since the enactment of RFS2 in 2007, corn and corn ethanol production have...

(Posted Thu. Jan 23rd, 2014)

Keywords: Ethanol RFS

Jan. 23: Today, ethanol supporters gathered in Iowa to take part in “Hearing in the Heartland: Supporting the Renewable Fuels Standard,” hosted by Governor Terry Branstad in Des Moines.  This day-long event features testimony from both state and federal legislators, regulators and administrators from Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada and South Dakota, as well as leadership from agribusiness and from farmer-leaders active at the state and national levels.   The event was organized in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal for a 1.4 billion gallon reduction in how much corn ethanol will be required under the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2014.     Branstad kicked off the event with an impassioned speech in support of ethanol, biodiesel and the RFS. Following Branstad, panels provided testimony throughout the day. National Corn Growers Association Chairwoman Pam Johnson, a farmer from Floyd, Iowa, spoke during a morning panel.   For a full listing of...

(Posted Thu. Jan 23rd, 2014)

Keywords: RFS Ethanol

Jan. 23: The following is a statement from National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre on Senate and House letters to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, stressing the importance of preserving the Renewable Fuel Standard:   “We thank the senators and representatives who have stood up for American agriculture and the importance of domestic, renewable ethanol. Slashing the amount of ethanol in our nation’s fuel supply at this time is a big mistake, sure to drive up gas prices for all consumers and harm the rural economy by driving the price of corn below the cost of production. It’s great to see a bipartisan group of lawmakers stand up for legislation that was passed by members of both parties and that has helped support jobs and the rural economy while making our air cleaner.   “We especially appreciate the leadership of Sens. Richard Durbin, Charles Grassley, Al Franken and John Thune, and Reps. Kristi Noem and Cheri Bustos, for encouraging their colleagues...

(Posted Wed. Jan 22nd, 2014)

Keywords: RFS Ethanol

Jan. 22: Last night, thousands of farmers from across the country were dialed in for a town hall via telephone, hosted by the National Corn Growers Association. The teleconference highlighted the need to reverse the EPA’s proposed reduction in corn ethanol volumes for 2014 under the Renewable Fuel Standard.   The event, which lasted about 30 minutes, included remarks from NCGA President Martin Barbre, a farmer from Carmi, Ill.; U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley from Iowa; and Richard Childress, owner of NASCAR’s Richard Childress Racing, who works closely with NCGA through the American Ethanol partnership. In addition to providing a diverse array of opinions and information on the subject, the event highlighted what farmers can do to speak out against the reductions proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in November.   Kicking off the event, Barbre explained in grave detail the impact that this proposal could have not only upon NCGA members, but upon all farmers and anyone...

(Posted Wed. Jan 8th, 2014)

Keywords: Ethanol RFS

A detailed statistical analysis released yesterday by the Renewable Fuel Association shows that erratic surge in prices for Renewable Identification Number credits in 2013 did not impact retail gasoline prices. This study, which was conducted by Informa Economics, demonstrates clearly how yet another argument used by those who oppose the Renewable Fuel Standard proves inaccurate when fully examined.   “Changes in prices of renewable identification numbers did not cause changes in retail gasoline prices in 2013,” according to a 7-page report summarizing the analysis. “Retail gasoline prices were driven primarily by movements in crude oil prices and secondarily by changes in the spread between domestic and international crude oil prices and the level of vehicle miles driven in the U.S., which varies seasonally.”   “We fully support the findings of this study and urge federal regulators to take this information into their deliberations when considering reductions to the RFS...

(Posted Thu. Dec 26th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol RFS

Dec. 26: A group of Midwestern governors, all members of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, have sent letters to President Barack Obama expressing their support for the Renewable Fuel Standard. These letters come in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal which would scale back the volume of renewable fuels required under the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2014.   In a joint letter to the president, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard argue in defense of the ethanol standard. The letter stresses the importance of ethanol as it diversifies America’s energy portfolio, gives consumers choices at the pump, supports economic development in rural communities and reduces harmful emissions across the nation.   Providing evidence of...

(Posted Wed. Dec 11th, 2013)

Keywords: RFS RVO Ethanol

Dec. 11: National Corn Growers Association Corn Board Member Jon Holzfaster represented the interests of American farmers today during a Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Committee and Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety oversight hearing on domestic renewable fuels. The two panel session included testimony from government officials and industry leaders on the environmental and economic impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard and increased use of domestically produced biofuels such as corn ethanol. In his testimony, Holzfaster stressed the importance of the RFS in supporting jobs, reducing dependence on foreign oil, lowering fuel prices for consumers and improving the environmental footprint of our nation’s transportation fuels.   Additionally, he attested to the important role distillers dried grains have come to play in the beef, dairy, swine and poultry industries thus further negating arguments against increased ethanol use based in the false dichotomy...

(Posted Wed. Dec 11th, 2013)

Keywords: RVO RFS Ethanol

Dec. 11: For 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a 1.4 billion gallon reduction in how much corn ethanol will be required under the Renewable Fuel Standard, the federal law that helps get domestic, renewable, cleaner-burning corn ethanol blended in the nation’s fuel supply.  This will reduce already-low corn prices and negatively affect planting decisions in 2014. Last week, dozens of corn growers and other supporters of ethanol raised their voices about the potential for grave economic impacts should the EPA implement this reduction during a Washington hearing that ran late into the night.   Off the Cob caught up with Virginia Grain Producers Association President Bryan Taliaferro to discuss his testimony during the event. Recounting his message, Taliaferro recounted the economic troubles many corn farmers faced before corn ethanol became widely used in automotive fuels.   To listen to the full interview, click here.   “I started farming in 1973 with...

(Posted Mon. Dec 2nd, 2013)

Keywords: ethanol RFS RVO EPA

Dec. 2:  Citing severe economic and environmental ramifications, the National Corn Growers Association today called on all its members and friends to submit comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, opposing its proposal to slash the amount of corn ethanol required in the Renewable Fuel Standard.   “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,” said  NCGA President Martin Barbre. “The impacts of the EPA’s proposal, if enacted, will ripple throughout communities where America’s family farmers live, shop and do business. Rural America cannot afford this and neither can the environment.”   For 2014, the EPA has proposed a 1.4 billion gallon reduction in how much corn ethanol will be required under the RFS, the federal law that requires the blending of domestic, renewable, cleaner-burning corn ethanol in the nation’s fuel...

(Posted Fri. Jul 12th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol RFS

July 12: The National Corn Growers Association submitted comments in the form of a letter from President Pam Johnson today to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the “Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Renewable Fuel Standard Pathways II and Technical Amendments to the RFS 2 Standards.” In these comments, NCGA addresses EPA’s requests for comments on sections of the Agency document addressing approving cellulosic volumes from cellulosic feedstocks, proposed regulatory amendments related to biogas, amendment to the definition of ‘‘crop residue’’ and definition of a pathway for corn kernel fiber, and consideration of an advanced butanol pathway.   The letter begins by detailing the important benefits that corn ethanol offers the nation in terms of its economic and energy security. Explaining how growers are meeting the demand for corn in a sustainable manner, it notes the importance of ethanol to our environment and the greenhouse gas reductions it continues to...

(Posted Fri. Jun 21st, 2013)

Keywords: RFS Ethanol

June 21: The National Corn Growers Association today submitted comments to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the important role the Renewable Fuel Standard plays in our nation’s broader energy policy. In these comments, submitted in response to the committee’s recent white paper on energy policy, NCGA addressed the important role that the RFS continues to play in meeting federal goals of increasing national security by improving energy and economic security.   NCGA notes in the comments that the government continues to invest in alternative energy sources with the goal of increasing national security by increasing energy security and thus decreasing our reliance upon foreign energy sources. Given this objective, NCGA then looks at initiatives which are effectively improving domestic energy supplies today.   “One of these initiatives is the RFS, which has contributed to U.S. energy security by providing an affordable domestically produced alternative to oil while...

(Posted Thu. May 23rd, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol RFS

May 23: The National Corn Growers Association today submitted comments on the impact of the Renewable Fuel Standard to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in response to their third white paper, “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Other Environmental Impacts.” In these comments, NCGA addressed how the RFS has decreased greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s vehicle fleet while leading to innovations that have made U.S. agriculture more sustainable and ethanol facilities more efficient. It also noted that unnecessary Congressional tinkering with the RFS would jeopardize investment in advanced and cellulosic biofuels, undermine incentives for further innovation in the existing renewable fuels sector and make the United States more dependent on dirtier petroleum sources than when the RFS was first enacted in 2005. The comment begin by detailing the incredible advancements made by corn growers that have allowed them in the last 30 years to decrease the amount of land used to grow...

(Posted Wed. Apr 10th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol RFS

Apr. 10: Today, a group of House members introduced legislation calling for changes to the renewable fuel standard. Led by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the legislation, called the "RFS Reform Act," would eliminate the corn-based ethanol requirements and would cap the amount of ethanol that can be blended into conventional gasoline at 10 percent. It would require the EPA to set cellulosic biofuel levels at production levels. National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson, a farmer from Floyd, Iowa, issued the following statement in response to this legislation on behalf of the organization and the 300,000 corn farmers which it represents: “NCGA stands firm in its support of the Renewable Fuel Standard and will strongly oppose legislation to alter or repeal the RFS. “In 2005, Congress originally passed the RFS to enhance energy security, reduce consumer fuel prices by diversifying our energy portfolio, create jobs and stimulate economic activity, and improve the...

(Posted Thu. Feb 28th, 2013)

Keywords: Commodity Classic Farm Bill RFS ethanol

Feb. 28: Today, the Commodity Classic Trade Show opened, showcasing the latest farming products and innovations. With opening remarks by National Corn Growers Association Joint Venture Committee 2013 Co-Chair Mark Schwiebert closing the ribbon cutting ceremony along with his American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers counterparts and Jessica Simmons, the Corporate Communications Lead for Monsanto, the show flung open its doors and welcomed farm families, their friends and industry allies to agriculture’s premier showcase. “The Commodity Classic Trade Show is always a popular event, and this year is no exception with a sold out event that offers attendees a chance to see the most cutting edge technology while interacting with industry leaders,” said Schwiebert. “Those searching for new ideas and a better picture of what is now and soon will be available to farmers will find the most extensive, comprehensive offering to date...

(Posted Wed. Feb 13th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol RFS Fuels America

Feb. 13: Last night, the Fuels America coalition, of which the National Corn Growers Association is one of the founding members, released the following statement on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address:“Tonight, President Obama laid out an agenda that includes cutting our dependence on oil, fighting climate change and creating jobs. The current administration has been a long-­time supporter of renewable fuel, which can help meet all three of these goals.“The Renewable Fuel Standard is an essential policy that is already helping to wean us from oil and that, if left intact, can do even more to benefit America. The RFS has been crucial in encouraging investment in oil alternatives, driving innovation in advanced biofuels and opening up markets so that Americans have a choice at the gas pump.“Last year, 13 billion gallons of renewable fuel were added to our fuel supply. That production supported jobs for and employed more than 380,000 Americans while reducing the need...

(Posted Thu. Feb 7th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol RFS

Feb. 7: In a panel presentation this week, National Corn Growers Association CEO Rick Tolman highlighted the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard to help increase and guarantee a vibrant domestic renewable fuel market.“We cannot underestimate the importance of the RFS,” Tolman said. “It cut imported oil and serves as the basis for investment in infrastructure growth. It’s the single biggest reason for the prosperity across all of agriculture since its inception. It also has lowered fuel costs for consumers and created hundreds of thousands of jobs across America.”Tolman’s presentation, at the Renewable Fuel Association’s National Ethanol Conference, centered on five areas: the success of the RFS to-date, the importance of preserving the program, implementation challenges and opportunities, pathways to 36 billion gallons by 2022, and the future role of corn in the Renewable Fuel Standard.NCGA is involved in several programs to protect the RFS and ethanol’s role in America’s...