In comments submitted to the EPA, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) calls on the agency to grant a waiver of the federal requirement for the production of corn ethanol.
NPPC says the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) mandate, coupled with a summer drought that has reduced yields and pushed up prices of feed grains, “is causing severe economic harm to pork producers”.
With the RFS, NPPC pointed out in its comments, a weather-driven supply shock no longer simply results in higher prices for feed grains but causes “explosively higher prices, crippling credit and liquidity shortfalls and the frightening prospect that some producers … cannot assure stable access to … corn to feed their animals.”
NPPC, along with other livestock and poultry groups, filed a petition with EPA on July 30th asking for the waiver. EPA is expected to make a decision on that waiver request in mid-November.