When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and reduce the amount of ethanol blended in gasoline, corn farmers took action.
Over 7,000 corn farmers and renewable fuels supporters wrote letters to EPA about saving the RFS and continuing to support homegrown ethanol. Not only did corn farmers and their allies make their voices heard in letters, they also spoke out on radio, television and at agriculture, RFS and ethanol-related events.
Everyone from corn and soybean farmers to business owners and college students spoke out in support of the RFS and ethanol at MN Ag EXPO 2014.
Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson visited more than a dozen ethanol plants to highlight the importance of the RFS and the role ethanol plays in local job creation.Corn farmers and their allies packed the room at each and every stop.
Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken were strong in their support for the RFS. Both senators discussed their concerns about EPA’s proposal with President Obama and showed their support of the RFS during stops throughout Minnesota.
Kent Thiesse is the vice president of MinnStar Bank in Lake Crystal, Minn., and knows firsthand the role ethanol and the RFS have played in rural economic development.