Urge Congress to Uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard


One of the most successful energy policies ever enacted in the United States, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has laid the foundation for the domestic biofuels industry. The RFS has helped generate jobs, revive rural economies, reduce oil imports, lower gasoline prices, reduce air pollution, and cut greenhouse gas emissions.


Each year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issues RFS rulemakings to determine the volume obligations for the RFS. For the first time in the history of the RFS, the EPA lowered the statue's volume obligations for corn ethanol—after corn growers answered the call to grow more than enough corn to meet all needs.


Click here to tell your Member of Congress to protect the RFS and create stability for a program that effectively reduces our dependence on foreign fossil fuels.


EPA Backs Off Proposed 2014 Ethanol Cut


On Nov. 21, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency backed off a 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.