At the 2014 Farm Progress Show, NCGA called for action to open markets with the potential of this year’s record corn crop in mind. NCGA Vice President Chip Bowling said “As thrilled as we are with a record crop, we know it has its challenges, but there are a few simple actions Washington can take that will keep the situation from becoming much worse.” Bowling called on the Environmental Protection Agency to stick to the Renewable Volume Obligations as set by Congress. Failure to do so, Bowling said, would reduce the demand of corn for ethanol and have a significant impact on corn prices at a time when prices are already too low. This year’s record corn crop could reach an estimated 15.2 billion bushels.
Further, Bowling also commented on the Proposed Waters of the U.S. rule by the EPA. He urged farmers to make their comments to the EPA. “Farmers cannot afford more regulatory uncertainty that drives up costs,” said Bowling. “We urge them to make their voices heard before the comment period ends Oct. 20.”