Nebraska Corn Growers Association Calls on President to Support RFS

September 30, 2019 – Nebraska Corn Growers Association President, Dan Nerud, joined corn grower leaders from across the country last week in a letter to President Trump urging he uphold his commitment to America’s farmers and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently approved 31 new RFS waivers to big oil companies. The 85 total waivers approved by the Trump Administration undermine growth potential for higher blends of ethanol, reduce demand, lower the value of the corn crop, and put the outlook for the rural economy in jeopardy.

“Corn farmers are not asking for a special deal. We are simply asking, as we have been for the past two years, that your EPA uphold the law,” the letter states.

The corn grower leaders pointed to ethanol plant closings or idlings that occurred in several states following the most recent waiver approval. “These closures have cost 2,700 rural jobs and impacted demand for more than 300 million bushels of corn. Corn farmers are beginning harvest and continuing to lose markets to deliver their corn. Frustration in the countryside is growing.”

Full text of the letter is below and available as a PDF here.

President Donald J. Trump

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Trump,

We are writing on behalf of the more than 300,000 corn farmers across the country who are being negatively impacted by a perfect storm of challenges in rural America. The 31 new Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waivers to big oil companies, recently approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and bringing total waivers issued under your Administration to 85, could not have come at a worse time for agriculture.

Ethanol plants in several states, including Iowa, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota and Mississippi have closed or idled. These closures have cost 2,700 rural jobs and impacted demand for more than 300 million bushels of corn. Corn farmers are beginning harvest and continuing to lose markets to deliver their corn. Frustration in the countryside is growing.

Corn farmers are not asking for a special deal. We are simply asking, as we have been for the past two years, that your EPA uphold the law.

To effectively stop the harm caused by RFS waivers, EPA needs to account for projected waivers beginning with the pending 2020 RFS volume rule. Accounting for waivers in the annual RFS volume process restores integrity to the RFS. It also allows your Administration to continue granting waivers, as allowed by the law, while keeping the RFS whole.

While adding gallons and improving market access for higher blends of ethanol are all policies farmers appreciate and support, future waivers will continue to minimize the RFS, unless your Administration acts to account for waivers beginning this coming year first.

We were pleased to see press reports indicating that, following a meeting with farm-state lawmakers, an agreement had been reached to address the harm caused by waivers. With more than 4 billion gallons waived out of the RFS, we appreciate you listening to our elected representatives about what is needed to restore meaning to the RFS. Farmers across the country are anxiously awaiting the release of more details about this agreement. Ethanol plants will continue to close if you don’t act soon, creating a rippling effect throughout the rural economy.

Corn farmers are appreciative of your past support for agriculture and ethanol. We especially appreciate your efforts to remove the barrier to year-round sales of E15, but EPA’s current use of waivers undermines growth potential for higher blends of ethanol, reduces demand, lowers the value of our crop, and puts the outlook for the rural economy in jeopardy.

Mr. President, we firmly ask that you uphold your commitment to America’s farmers and the RFS.

Sincerely,

Jeremy Wilson, President
Alabama Soybean and Corn Association
Mike Pannell, President
Mississippi Corn Growers Association
Dave Eckhardt, President
Colorado Corn Growers Association
Mark Scott, President
Missouri Corn Growers Association
Rodney Harrell, President
Georgia Corn Growers Association
Dan Nerud, President
Nebraska Corn Growers Association
Ted Mottaz, President
Illinois Corn Growers Association
Jason Swede, President
New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association
Sarah Delbecq, President
Indiana Corn Growers Association
Alex Jordan, President
Corn Growers Association of North Carolina
Jim Greif, President
Iowa Corn Growers Association
Randy Melvin, President
North Dakota Corn Growers Association
Steve Rome, President
Kansas Corn Growers Association
Jon Miller, President
Ohio Corn and Wheat
Mark Roberts, President
Kentucky Corn Growers Association
Elizabeth Hinkel, President
Pennsylvania Corn Growers Association
Jason Condrey, President
Louisiana Cotton and Grain Association
Doug Noem, President
South Dakota Corn Growers Association
Lenny Evan Miles, Jr., President
Maryland Grain Producers Association
Wesley Spurlock, President
Texas Corn Producers Association
Matt Frostic, President
Michigan Corn Growers Association
Doug Rebout, President
Wisconsin Corn Growers Association
Brian Thalmann, President
Minnesota Corn Growers Association

 

 

 

 

 

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