Tag: EPA

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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Minnesota corn farmer stands up for ethanol at national RFS hearing

Jerry Demmer never misses an opportunity to stand up and speak out for clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol, even if he has to travel over 350 miles to do so.

Demmer, a corn farmer in Clarks Grove, is heading to Kansas City, Kan., on Thursday to represent Minnesota corn farmers at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) public hearing on the agency’s proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and cut the amount of ethanol blended in our fuel supply below what Congress originally intended.

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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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Once again, Obama Administration delays final RFS decision

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice today announcing that it will not be finalizing 2014 volume standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) before the end of 2014.

Last November, EPA proposed slashing the RFS and cutting the amount of clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol blended in our fuel supply. Immediately after the proposal, Minnesota corn farmers took action.

More than 7,000 letters were sent to EPA by Minnesota corn farmers and biofuels supporters denouncing the proposed cuts.

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Report: EPA to scale back proposed cuts to Renewable Fuel Standard

A report from Reuters citing industry sources says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will partially backtrack on drastic cuts to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) it proposed in November.

The original RFS reduction proposal would have cut the target for the amount of ethanol blended into gasoline from 14.4 billion gallons to 13 billion gallons in 2014. The Reuters report says that the final number will likely be 13.6 billion.

From the Reuters story:

The EPA shocked biofuel supporters in November with a draft rule that slashed federal requirements for biofuel use in gasoline and diesel.

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NCGA to President Obama: Allow the bipartisan RFS to continue working

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), along with biotechnology businesses and ethanol groups, called on President Obama last week to reverse the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

In a letter sent to the President, NCGA and the other groups cited the recently released National Climate Assessment as yet another reason to maintain a strong RFS and continue setting our goals high for blending homegrown biofuels in our gasoline.

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EPA lands another blow to ethanol

With public comments on its proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard currently under review, the Environmental Protection Agency has dealt yet another blow to ethanol. The agency announced yesterday that it will switch its test fuel from the proposed E15 to E10 as the certification fuel for new emissions standards to be in place by 2017.

(E15 is gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol. E10 is blended with 10 percent ethanol.)

EPA says it’s doing this because E15 isn’t widely available on a national scale.

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Video: Support for the RFS rang out across Minnesota

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,

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Minnesota well-represented at RFS Hearing in Des Moines, IA

A wave of farmers, business owners and renewable fuels supporters made the trek to Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday to take a stand against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and cut the amount of ethanol blended in gasoline.

“Hearing in the Heartland” was organized by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstadt after EPA refused to hold a public hearing on its RFS proposal in Iowa,

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Congressman Tim Walz: "The RFS is working, and the EPA needs to get out of the way"

With damaging cuts to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) looming, Congressman Tim Walz visited POET Biorefining in Lake Crystal on Monday morning to talk about ethanol’s impact on the area’s economy.

POET employs about 44 people in the Lake Crystal area, consumes 20 million bushels of corn and produces 56 million gallons of ethanol annually. Those numbers will shrink if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the oil industry gets its way and slashes the amount of ethanol blended in gasoline by 1.4 billion gallons in 2014.

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