Farmer leaders from the Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) and Indiana Corn Growers Association (ICGA) stressed the importance of biofuels and NAFTA directly with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue at the Commodity Classic this week in California.
Commodity Classic is the joint annual conference of national commodity groups including the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and the American Soybean Association (ASA). At this three-day, annual conference commodity groups like ASA, NCGA and their state counterparts gather from across the country to discuss important issues and develop public policy priorities for their organizations. Discussion of White House Meetings that happened this week on the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and trade, issues of tremendous importance to U.S. farmer, dominated this year’s convention.
And Hoosier farmers were there to represent their home state. Mike Buis, who served as an ICGA member for 9 years and currently represents Indiana on the NCGA Engaging Members Committee, enjoyed several minutes talking with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue
“The RFS is a true success story for American agriculture,” said Buis. “Ethanol has raised the value of the corn I grow, cleans the air we breathe, and has boosted the economy of rural America – and RINs are a huge part that success. I’m just glad I had the opportunity to tell the Secretary how much this program means to my farm and my community.”
On Tuesday morning, President Trump held a meeting with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)., Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Sen. Pat Toomey (D-PA) and other administration staff at the White House. The meeting – convened to discuss possible changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard – riled corn farmers riled after President Trump indicated support for a proposal by Senator Cruz that would cap the value of Renewable Identification Numbers or “RINs,” the essential tool for ensuring compliance under the RFS.