This week the National Corn Growers Association and the National Biodiesel Board are putting the full court press on members and allies to rally behind a move to defend ethanol.
The Envrionmental Protection Agency last month proposed lower Renewable Fuel Standard volumes for 2014, amounting to a 1.4 billion gallon reduction from what is currently required under existing law.
NCGA is calling for members to submit comments to the EPA opposing the proposal. In a press statement, Martin Barbre, NCGA president, says: "It's critical that our growers and all those concerned about the rural economy stand up for corn ethanol and urge the EPA to keep the volume obligations as they are now written in the law. The impacts of the EPA's proposal, if enacted, will ripple throughout communities where America's family farmers live, shop and do business."
The organization notes the reduced RFS standard will weigh on already lower corn prices - which are down 40% from less than a year ago, and could negatively impact planting decisions for 2014. And, it will reduce the environmental benefits of using more domestic, renewable fuels, the group says.
The National Biodiesel Board is behind a similar push, supporting a "Fueling Action" website that includes information on how to send a letter to the EPA requesting higher RFS volumes. NBB is also requesting that RFS supporters submit a letter to their U.S. Representative asking for his or her signature on a support letter circulated by Reps. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., and Tom Latham, R-Iowa.
Farmers interested in making a comment directly to the EPA can click here for more information. EPA is accepting public comments until Jan. 28.
EPA is also slated to hold a public hearing on the measure later this week. You can learn more from this Federal Register notice.
Read more on the EPA's proposed RFS restructuring: