Farmers, agribusiness and the renewable fuels industry will gather on June 25 in Kansas City at the Rally for Rural America in support of a strong and robust Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
On May 29, 2015 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed to significantly lower renewable fuel obligation numbers for 2014, 2015, and 2016 under the RFS. However, in this proposal EPA had complete disregard for the law by cutting the corn ethanol obligation by 3.75 billion gallons, says Jerry Mohr, president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association. That number represents nearly a billion and a half bushel loss for corn farmers across the country.
"These proposed cuts to the RFS for ethanol are close to 4 billion gallons," Mohr notes. "But there is hope that we can change EPA's mind on this. It's a proposal. There's still time to give EPA your comments before the July 27 deadline. Also, we invite you to join us at the Rally for Rural America! Corn farmers and ethanol industry representatives from across the nation are gathering in Kansas City on June 25 for a rally during the EPA hearing on the RFS proposal."
Iowa delegation wants EPA to hold a hearing in Iowa
EPA will be hosting a public hearing on the proposed cuts on June 25. The hearing will be held in Kansas City, Kan. at the Jack Reardon Center, 520 Minnesota Avenue.
Last week the entire Iowa Congressional delegation sent a letter to EPA requesting a formal hearing be held here within the state. ICGA thanks all of our members and public officials who are willing to speak up in favor of ethanol.
EPA's proposed rule demonstrates a disregard to the needs of family farmers and America's economy, while placing the oil industry's agenda front and center, says the ICGA in a press release. "Renewable fuels like ethanol reduce our dependence on foreign oil and are essential to the health of Iowa's rural economy," points out ICGA president Jerry Mohr, who farms near Davenport.
RFS supports 850,000 American jobs, fosters energy independence
The Renewable Fuel Standard is responsible for supporting over 850,000 American jobs and continues to strengthen America's energy independence, lower prices at the pump, reduce pollution, and support rural economies across this country.
"Iowans must let the EPA know that this proposal will not stand," says Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. "These cuts are bad for farmers, bad for our environment, and bad for consumers. We encourage each and every Iowan who enjoys lower gas prices, cleaner air, and a strong rural economy to ensure their voices are heard by submitting a comment to the EPA and attending the rally in Kansas City. The entire Iowa delegation is working hard to reverse these cuts, and Iowans should, too."
Need a ride to the hearing? Free bus service will be provided
In response to this hearing, Fuels America partners are holding a rally outside of the Jack Reardon Center. This event will allow farmers and renewable fuels industry representatives from across the nation, to gather their voices and let the EPA know that this proposal will be damaging to rural America. Buses have been provided by the Fuels America Coalition and will be accessible from a number of different locations providing free transportation to and from the rally. The list of stops and information to RSVP has been provided below:
•Sapp Bros Travel Center – Percival, Iowa: Kim Clark / 402-416-7639 / [email protected]
•Becks Hybrids – Mt. Pleasant, IA: John Finley / 515-782-4188 / [email protected]
•Golden Grain Energy – Mason City, IA: Curt Strong / 641-423-8500 / [email protected]
•Iowa Corn office – Johnston, IA: Curt Strong / 641-423-8500 / [email protected]
•Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy – Council Bluffs, IA: Laura Schultz / 712-336-0392 [email protected]
•Siouxland Ethanol – Jackson, Neb.: Aimee James / [email protected]
Additional rally information can be found at ncga.com/RFShearing.
Voice your opinion by submitting comments to EPA online
If you are unable to attend the hearing, you are urged to voice your opinion on the RFS issue by visiting ncga.com/RFS. "Be sure to submit your comments to the EPA by the July 27 deadline and tell EPA how important the RFS is to your farm, your family, our state and rural America," says Mohr.
Iowa is the nation's leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 43 ethanol refineries capable of producing more than 3.8 billion gallons annually, including 22 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity and one cellulosic ethanol facility currently under construction. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce nearly 315 million gallons annually.The Iowa Corn Growers Association is an 8,000-member strong grassroots-driven organization, headquartered in Johnston, Iowa, serving members across the state, and lobbying on agricultural issues on behalf of its farmer members to create opportunities for long-term Iowa corn grower profitability. For information, visit iowacorn.org.