EPA’s Final RFS Rule a Step Forward for Ethanol


The following is a statement from Maryland farmer Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to the November 30, 2015 announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of the renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard.


“America’s corn farmers are proud to grow a cleaner burning, renewable fuel source for America and the world. In July, we asked the Environmental Protection Agency to restore the 2014-16 corn ethanol renewable volume obligation to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard as passed by Congress and signed into law.


“While we are pleased to see the EPA take a step forward and revise its original proposal, the fact remains that any reduction in the statutory amount will have a negative impact on our economy, our energy security, and the environment. It is unfortunate that Big Oil’s campaign of misinformation continues to carry weight in the court of public opinion, and in this decision.


“The Renewable Fuel Standard has been one of America’s most successful energy policies ever. Because of it, our economy is stronger, we are more energy independent, and our air is cleaner. We should be strengthening our commitment to renewable fuels, not backing down.


“In light of the EPA’s decision, we are evaluating our options. We will fight to protect the rights of farmers and consumers and hold the EPA accountable.”


Click here for EPA's announcement.




EPA Snubs Consumers and Farmers Again, Takes Renewable Fuels Backward


On May 29, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed renewable volume obligation numbers for 2014, 2015 and 2016 under the Renewable Fuel Standard. In its proposal, EPA snubbed the law by cutting the corn ethanol obligation 3.75 billion gallons from 2014 to 2016. This represents nearly a billion and a half bushels in lost corn demand. 


Click here for the comments NCGA submitted on this proposal


Click here for images from the July 15 Rally for Rural America on Capitol Hill


EPA June 25 Field Hearing Testimony:

NCGA President Chip Bowling

NCGA Chairman Martin Barbre


EPA Backs Off Proposed 2014 Ethanol Cut


On Nov. 21, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had backed off its originally proposed 1.4 billion gallon reduction in how much corn ethanol will be required under the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2014, the federal law that helps get domestic, renewable, cleaner-burning corn ethanol blended in the nation’s fuel supply.  Click here for our response.


Click on the links below to learn more about this issue.


NCGA, Allies Ask President Obama to Reign in EPA (11-7-14)

NCGA's Formal Comments on the Ethanol Proposal

Recording of NCGA's Jan. 22 "Tele-Town Hall" Featuring racing legend Richard Childress and Rep. Bruce Braley.

Congressional Letters to the EPA: Senate and House

NCGA One-Page Flier Handout

Official EPA Docket Page for Comments and More Information

NCGA Testimony from Dec. 5 Hearing

NCGA Response to EPA Announcement (Nov. 15, 2013)

Nov. 15 responses from ethanol organizations:


Advanced Ethanol Council

American Coalition for Ethanol

Fuels America

Growth Energy

Renewable Fuel Association

Earlier: NCGA Letter to the White House  (Nov. 6, 2013)


Fact-Checking the Associated Press


A collection of responses to the Nov. 12, 2013, AP story on corn, ethanol and land use.

Click here for the original AP story.


Response from NCGA

CTIC Facts of Conservation Agriculture

Response from American Coalition for Ethanol

Response from The Fertilizer Institute

Response from Fuels America

Response from Growth Energy

Response from the Renewable Fuels Association

Response from 25x’25


2013 RFS White Papers


The House Committee on Energy and Commerce issued a series of white papers as the first step in reviewing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), and the National Corn Growers Association submitted responses. The white papers and our responses are listed below.


1: Blend Wall and Fuel Compatibility Issues

House Committee White Paper

NCGA's Response (April 5, 2013)

2: Agricultural Sector Impacts

House Committee White Paper

NCGA's Response (April 29, 2013)

3: Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Other Environmental Impacts

House Committee White Paper

NCGA's Response (May 23, 2013) 

4: Energy Policy

House Committee White Paper

NCGA's Response (June 21, 2013)

5. Implementation of RFS

House Committee White Paper

NCGA's Response (July 26, 2013)


2012 RFS Waiver Request


On Nov. 16, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rejected requests to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard in light of the 2012 drought. Here are some information resources:


From the National Corn Growers Association

NCGA Statement on the EPA Decision (11-16-12)

NCGA's RFS Comments as Submited to the EPA (PDF; 10-11-12)

NCGA Request for Extension of Comment Deadline (8-30-12)

NCGA Statement on the Call for a Waiver (8-15-12)


From the Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Fact Sheet on its Decision (PDF)

EPA Notice of Decision (PDF)

EPA Page on the Renewable Fuel Standard

EPA Request for Public Comment (PDF)

EPA Docket Folder with Comments

EPA Extends Comment Period to Oct. 11 (PDF)


Other RFS Information


The Facts about Ethanol and the RFS. Debunks myths being spread by RFS opponents in Congress.

RFS Infographic. A visual presentation from the American Coalition for Ethanol of how the RFS has fueled growth in domestic biofuels.