ISA Urges Farmer, Consumer Activism On Behalf Of Soy-based Biodiesel

ISA Urges Farmer, Consumer Activism On Behalf Of Soy-based Biodiesel

Iowa Soybean Association wants you to take a minute and let EPA know you support this alternative, renewable fuel

With the future of the U.S. biodiesel industry at stake, the Iowa Soybean Association is urging soybean farmers, their family and friends to voice concerns regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed rule on the implementation of the expanded Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS-2).


ISA leaders are asking Iowans to take just a minute to send a letter to federal Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson before the Sept. 25 deadline. You can go to to access the online form.


The EPA's proposed rule is significantly flawed and would do unnecessary harm to the U.S. soy biodiesel industry, ultimately decreasing prices paid to U.S. farmers for their soybeans, says Ed Ulch, a member of ISA's board of directors. A farmer from eastern Iowa, Ulch also serves on the National Biodiesel Board.


The EPA's lifecycle greenhouse gas methodology includes numerous flaws, says Ulch. Among them:


·                    The formula assumes that soybeans require nitrogen, whereas soybeans actually pull nitrogen from the atmosphere and add nitrogen to the soil.

·                    EPA's production baseline does not properly account for increasing crop yields and production efficiencies.

·                    The EPA should analyze indirect emissions for all fuels or none, rather than treat biodiesel differently from petroleum fuels.


Unless flaws in EPA's proposed rule are corrected, soy-based biodiesel effectively will be excluded from meeting the renewable energy targets established under RFS-2. Soybean farmers would lose a source of demand for soybean oil, biodiesel manufacturers would be left without sufficient feedstock supply, jobs would be lost, and our nation would not decrease its dependence on imported oil. None of these outcomes are what Congress intended, he adds.


The easy online form found at is provided by American Soybean Association (ASA). People can read the letter, add personal contact information and submit comments with the click of a button.

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