Lt. Governor requests action from EPA on the RFS

  Indiana’s Lt. Governor wants the Environmental Protection Agency to take swift action on setting requirements for the renewable fuels standard. In a letter to the EPA Administrator, Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann said the proposed reductions and uncertainty in the volume requirements significantly impacts Indiana farmers and the state’s 14 biofuels plants. Ellspermann says farmers… Read more »

Comment period for RFS ends today

Today is the deadline to submit comments on EPA’s proposed cuts to the Renewable Fuels Standard. Megan Kuhn with Indiana Corn says over the weekend the Indiana Corn Growers Association was at the Brickyard 400 helping farmers and users of ethanol submit comments in support of the RFS.  “What’s a better time to get folks… Read more »

Nebraska, Iowa officials hold ‘last chance’ RFS rally

Top officials from Iowa and Nebraska joined up Friday at the Novozymes enzyme plant in Blair, Nebraska to make one last pitch in support of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). This Monday (July 27) is the deadline to submit comments on the EPA’s proposal to reduce the biofuels requirements in the RFS. Nebraska Governor Pete… Read more »

Corn growers invest in ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association is increasing their investment in ethanol infrastructure.  The group announced Tuesday an additional $500,000 investment into Prime the Pump, a non-profit organization that offers grants to retailers to expand higher ethanol blend offerings. The organization will use NCGA funds and industry investments to match grant dollars from the USDA’s Biofuel… Read more »

Corn growers at rally: keep RFS as written

Corn farmers and lawmakers were among the hundreds Wednesday at the Rally for Rural America on Capitol Hill.  One of those at the rally, Illinois Corn Growers President Kenny Hartman tells Brownfield he wants the EPA to follow Congress’ intent on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). “We’re hoping that people know that we need to leave… Read more »

Indiana farmers urged to speak out against the RFS

Indiana Corn Growers Association is urging farmers to speak out against the Environmental Protection Agency’s updated Renewable Volume Obligation – the amount of renewable fuel in the overall fuel production. Patrick Pfingsten, public affairs manager for the Indiana Corn Growers Association says the EPA’s new ethanol blend requirements could cut corn demand by 1.5 billion… Read more »

Nebraska Corn urges RFS comments

Leaders of Nebraska’s corn industry are urging Nebraska farmers to submit comments on the proposed reductions to the Renewable Fuels Standard. Nebraska Corn Board chairman Tim Scheer of St. Paul says it’s “absolutely imperative” that farmers get engaged in the effort to convince EPA to return the RFS numbers back to the levels that Congress… Read more »

Groups urge Congress to reject RFS defunding bill

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More than two dozen renewable fuels-related groups and companies are urging Congress to reject any proposals “that amend, repeal, defund or otherwise modify or interfere with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). They point out an amendment proposed by Congressman Barry Loudermilk of Georgia that would defund the RFS. It would amend the Fiscal Year 2016… Read more »

White House wants updated biotech product strategies

The White House is ordering three federal agencies to update their strategies for regulating biotech products. A memorandum telling the USDA, EPA and FDA to “prevent unnecessary barriers to future innovation and competitiveness” says the agencies must improve “transparency, coordination, predictability and efficiency” while they continue “to protect health and the environment.” The White House-established… Read more »

Senators want unified biomass policy

A group of Senators is asking for a unified biomass energy policy – addressing their concerns to the USDA Secretary, EPA Chief and the U.S. Energy Secretary. Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran – who is one of 46 who signed the letter says federal agencies must remove regulatory barriers “that hinder forest biofuel production, which could… Read more »