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NCGA Calls on EPA to Account for Refinery Waivers

(Posted Wed. Jul 18th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol public policy

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today called for EPA to maintain a strong, equitable Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that follows Congressional intent and levels the playing field for America’s farmers by using the annual volume rule to repair the damage from extensive refinery exemptions.   Michigan farmer Russell Braun provided testimony on behalf of NCGA during an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearing on the agency’s proposed biofuel targets for 2019.   “With corn prices low, EPA’s decisions have a greater impact on my livelihood and other farmers’ as well.  We believe EPA should use the Renewable Fuel Standard volume rule to remedy the harm caused by the extensive retroactive exemptions given to refineries over the past year and ensure future exemptions are accounted for. These refinery exemptions decrease ethanol blending and reduce demand and profits for my corn crop. Every gallon of renewable fuel blending waived by EPA reduces the consumer benefits of...

Midwest Farmers to Pruitt: It’s Time to Take Action

(Posted Thu. Jun 14th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol public policy

(Photo courtesy of the American Coalition for Ethanol)   This week, farmers across the Midwest made their voices heard and shared their frustrations with EPA Administer Scott Pruitt for not moving forward with the president’s request to make higher blends of ethanol, like E15, available year-round and for granting RFS waivers to refineries at the expense of farmers.    Pruitt made his way through farm country, making stops in Kansas, South Dakota and Nebraska.    “Corn growers came out in force this week to reinforce the importance of allowing higher blends of ethanol in the marketplace and shine a spotlight on EPA’s actions that are destroying demand for corn,” said NCGA President Kevin Skunes. “We have to continue to beat-the-drum and be vocal about these issues. Farmers have been very clear – It’s time for Administrator Pruitt to uphold the president’s statements on granting E15 year-round and time to stop granting waivers to refiners.”   Pruitt started his visit in...

NCGA Commends Efforts to Protect the RFS

(Posted Wed. Jun 6th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol public policy

Following White House postponement of potential damaging changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard, NCGA President and North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes thanked those who stood up for America’s corn farmers.   “The nation’s corn growers thank Senator Chuck Grassley, Senator Joni Ernst and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue for their advocacy and steadfast support for farmers, rural communities and renewable fuels. We greatly appreciate their efforts,” Skunes said. “With the expectation that the Administration was preparing to take drastic actions to unravel the RFS, farmers are very pleased those actions have been set aside and strongly encourage the Administration to keep the President’s commitment to America’s farmers and leave the RFS intact.”

 NCGA Statement on President Trump’s Announcement on RVP Parity

(Posted Thu. Apr 12th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol public policy

The following is a statement from North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), on today’s announcement from President Trump on RVP parity.   “Today, at a meeting at the White House with governors and lawmakers, President Donald Trump committed to making policy changes that would allow for the sale of blends greater than 10 percent, such as E15, year-round. The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is very pleased with this announcement, and we thank the President for this commitment to America’s corn farmers and rural America.   “Allowing the sale of E15 all year, will allow for less confusion and more savings at the pump for consumers, continue to benefit the environment with the further reduction of emissions and provide corn farmers with a more stable market.  NCGA has been advocating for this parity for higher blends of ethanol not only for these benefits but also because of the additional ethanol blending addresses refiner...

(Posted Tue. May 21st, 2013)

Keywords: Public Policy Farm Bill

May 21: As the U.S. Senate resumes debate on the 2013 farm bill approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee last week, the National Corn Growers Association joined a broad coalition of commodity organizations and conservation and environmental groups in announcing its opposition to a variety of proposed amendments that would have an adverse impact on the federal crop insurance program. The amendments include provisions that would introduce means testing, subsidy caps and public disclosure of information on crop insurance participants into the program. NCGA, along with the other coalition partners, cited particular amendments as harmful to the federal crop insurance program including the Begich-Flake Amendment, the Durbin-Coburn Amendment, two Flake Amendments, Gillibrand Amendments #931 and #944, and the Shaheen-Toomey Amendment. The Begich-Flake Amendment would require the disclosure of information on crop insurance program participants who receive benefits including their...

(Posted Fri. Mar 15th, 2013)

Keywords: Farm Bill Public Policy

Mar. 15: At its recent Corn Congress policy meeting and in a board meeting held this week in Washington, the National Corn Growers Association upheld its call for a new, substantive five-year farm bill that includes a strong federal crop insurance program and a market-oriented risk-management program. “As our country continues to rack up record budget deficits, NCGA appreciates the need for more efficient programs that help farmers better manage risk and cost taxpayers less money,” said NCGA President Pam Johnson. “In the midst of an unprecedented level of national debt, corn growers believe it is time to make fundamental changes to long-established farm programs. We support reforms that will provide growers only when assistance is most needed.” For growers, especially young and beginning farmers, managing the potential loss of revenue is vital. Johnson said that NCGA has long supported risk management tools that complement federal crop insurance to protect farmers against...