Ethanol Update: All RFS, all the time

That's Clarks Grove corn farmer Jerry Demmer on the far left testifying at Thursday's EPA public hearing on the RFS.

That’s Clarks Grove corn farmer Jerry Demmer on the far left testifying at Thursday’s EPA public hearing on the RFS.

This week’s Ethanol Update is all about the efforts of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and many, many more organizations and individuals to tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to not mess with the RFS (Renewable Fuel Standard).

That’s a whole lot of acronyms. Before we confuse you further, let’s get straight to the update:

Demmer testifies
Jerry Demmer, a corn farmer in Clarks Grove, Minn., testified Thursday at an EPA public hearing on the RFS in Kansas City, Kan. More details on Demmer’s efforts to stand up and speak out for ethanol are here.

NCGA stands up and speaks out
NCGA President Chip Bowling, a family farmer in Maryland, also testified at the EPA hearing. Here is an excerpt from his testimony:

We simply cannot afford – and will not tolerate – efforts to cut the demand for corn, and that’s exactly what your proposal will do. We cannot let this stand. We’ve done our part, and our allies in the ethanol industry have done their part. It’s time the EPA sided with those of us supporting a domestic, renewable fuel that’s better for the environment. It’s what your mission seeks to do.

Bowling’s full testimony can be read here.

You can speak out, too
You didn’t have to be in Kansas City to stand up for homegrown ethanol and the RFS. MCGA and NCGA have several ways you can make comments online, or print your own letter for easy mailing to EPA before the July 27 deadline for public comments.

When EPA tried a similar RFS reduction over a year ago, over 7,000 Minnesota corn farmers and biofuels supporters submitted letters telling EPA “Don’t mess with the RFS.” How many can we get this time around?

MCGA on the radio
MCGA President Bruce Peterson, along with Jerry Demmer, talked about the RFS and the hearing in Kansas City on this week’s MCGA Radio. Listen below:

Rally for Rural America
NCGA coordinated a “Rally for Rural America” in Kansas City that took place in conjunction with the EPA hearing. Here are some photos from the rally:

NCGA President Chip Bowling speaking at the Rally for Rural America.

NCGA President Chip Bowling speaking at the Rally for Rural America.

The stands were packed at the Rally for Rural America.

The stands were packed at the Rally for Rural America.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon told the crowd at the Rally for Rural America that the government needs to hold up its end of the bargain on the RFS.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon told the crowd at the Rally for Rural America that the government needs to hold up its end of the bargain on the RFS.

Tweets of the day
Finally, there were a lot of good tweets during the Rally for Rural America and the RFS public hearing. Here are a few examples:

 

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