Category: Policy

Submit your RFS comments before the July 27 deadline!

EthanolTime is running out to make your voice heard and tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is working for all Americans.

The EPA has proposed slashing the RFS — legislation that sets targets for the amount of clean, renewable and homegrown biofuels to blend in the U.S. fuel supply — by 4 million gallons below what Congress originally intended.

This isn’t just bad news for corn farmers and biofuels supporters,

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MN corn farmers talk WOTUS, ethanol and GMO labeling in Washington D.C.

Several farmer-leaders from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) spent the week of July 13 in Washington D.C. attending Corn Congress and meeting with key policymakers and elected officials on Capitol Hill about important agriculture issues.

In addition to meeting with nearly every member of Minnesota’s congressional and senate delegation, MCGA farmer-leaders also met with key USDA officials and Rep. Mike Conway, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.

“Whenever we’re in Washington,

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Ethanol Update: Have you submitted your RFS comments yet?

It’s been a couple of weeks since our last Ethanol Update post, so let’s get right to it.

#RFSworks
Have you submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yet telling it not to mess with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)? If not, stop reading, click here, and make your voice heard! It only takes a couple of minutes.

After you’ve submitted your letter, head to Twitter or Facebook and let others know why you’re standing up for homegrown biofuels by using the hashtag #RFSworks.

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association supports U.S. sugar policy

A recent story in the Star Tribune covered what it called a “declaration of war” by corn syrup makers on sugar refiners and U.S. sugar policy.

The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is based in Washington D.C. and represents companies that manufacture products like corn sweeteners. The CRA would like to see U.S. sugar policy weakened.

Since the story was published, we’ve received inquiries at the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) about our position on U.S.

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Farmers: You're invited to attend MCGA's "What you Need to Know" district meetings

MNcorn_PMS124FINALAre you a farmer with questions about changes to Minnesota’s buffer laws? Do you want to know more about telling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to not mess with the RFS (Renewable Fuel Standard) and homegrown ethanol?

Would you like insight into conservation programs from local experts? How about an update on ag-related items from the recently completed Minnesota legislative session?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions,

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Minnesota Corn Growers to EPA: Don’t mess with the RFS

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is urging corn farmers, anyone who drives a car, anyone who wants to breathe cleaner air, renewable energy supporters and others to speak out against a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to slash the amount of homegrown ethanol blended in our fuel supply.

If EPA gets its way, ethanol blending targets set by Congress in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) will be reduced by nearly 9 billion gallons over the next two years.

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Ethanol Update: RFS comments, Obama petition, oil industry shills

There’s a lot going on in the ethanol world this week, so let’s get right to the Ethanol Update.

RFS comment period opens
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now accepting comments on its proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and reduce the amount of homegrown ethanol blended in our fuel supply by 4 billion gallons in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Comments will be accepted through July 27,

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Ethanol Update: The good, the bad and the ugly

There’s some good, a lot of bad, and plenty of ugly in this week’s Ethanol Update. To better cover each category, we’ve enlisted The Man With No Name to help us.

As you probably know by now, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally released renewable fuel levels for 2014-16 as called for in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Unfortunately, the agency has proposed slashing the amount of homegrown ethanol by about 4 billion gallons.

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association President: Don’t mess with the RFS

On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed slashing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and reducing the amount of homegrown ethanol blended into our fuel supply by almost 4 billion gallons from 2014-16. The cuts amount to the loss of nearly a billion and a half bushels in corn demand compared to original RFS targets.

Northfield farmer and Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) president Bruce Peterson issued the following statement after EPA announced its proposal:

“Today’s announcement from EPA is bad news for farmers,

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Federal legislative update: RFS, TPA and conservation compliance

Yesterday I posted an ag and corn-focused update from the recently completed Minnesota legislative session. You can read that post here to get caught up on buffer legislation, the bioeconomy bill, ag research funding and other state legislation.

Today, I’d like to focus on a couple of federal items:

Renewable Volume Obligations
The deadline is June 1 for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to propose Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) per the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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