The first vice president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), Pam Johnson of Floyd, Iowa, says her organization is not opposed to a review of the corn-ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).
But Johnson says we need to get a better handle on the size of this year’s corn crop before the review happens.
“We think it’s a little bit premature to know what this crop is,” Johnson says. “We know what it isn’t—you know, I can’t even tell on my own farm exactly how this is going to come out.
“So we know when more farmers get out in the field and start harvesting, then we’ll have a better idea what this crop really is.”
Once those harvest results are in, “if it is proven—and the EPA can prove with facts and figures that the Renewable Fuels Standard has caused severe economic harm—then that’s why that waiver process is there,” Johnson says.
“If it’s proven that it isn’t, then we’ve gone through the process and that’s why that flexibility was written into the Renewable Fuels Standard.”
Johnson commented to Brownfield at last week’s Farm Progress Show in Iowa.