Time is dwindling to submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency over the agency’s Renewable Fuels Standard proposal. The comment period closes Monday, July 27th. National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling says the EPA’s proposal would be harmful to agriculture if finalized.
“The issue with the EPA final decision on the RFS and when it comes to the renewable volume obligations, it should be at 15.2 billion gallons overall with 14.4 billion gallons of that coming from corn ethanol. What the EPA proposed they dropped the corn ethanol part down to 13.1 billion gallons. We can’t afford that. We can’t have that. We’ve got plenty of corn left over from last year and for the most part a decent crop still to come this year, so in a nutshell we need the EPA to stand by the statute, stand by the law and keep the Renewable Fuel Standard on pace to use up 15.2 billion gallons of ethanol.”
NCGA has made it a priority to get growers involved in commenting on the EPA proposal, including holding a rally outside the EPA’s public hearing last month in Kansas City, Kansas, and another rally on Capitol Hill earlier this month. Bowling says the efforts are because the RFS is working and it’s important to corn farmers.
“It’s woke up sleepy little towns that were having a hard time before the RFS. All the hardware stores and equipment dealers and car dealerships and mom and pop restaurants. It really, really has helped build up that rural renaissance that’s come forth by ethanol, a homegrown fuel that has made a positive impact. We have realized that it has been the best thing to happen to corn farmers, and in my opinion, most of agriculture in general.”
Again, the comment period closes on Monday, but there is still time for farmers to make their voice heard at www.ncga.com/rfs.
“Let your comments be heard by your elected officials. We don’t have a whole lot of time to get your comments in, but we could really, really use them, that’s for sure.”