Minnesota Corn president pleased rail strike was averted

Corn farmers are celebrating some recent developments.

Minnesota Corn Growers Association president Richard Syverson says averting a rail strike allows the movement of corn to continue.

“From where I live, all of the corn that reaches export markets goes west on rail. But a bigger impact might even have been on the ethanol industry. Most plants don’t have a lot of storage, they need to be producing ethanol and putting it on rail.”

And with ethanol being a major end user of corn, the west-central Minnesota farmer tells Brownfield he’s pleased with EPA’s recent RFS proposal.

“What the proposal does is it updates and kind of catches up to what the industry has been doing with the government standard.”

Syverson says he’s also encouraged to see new legislation in Congress that would allow for year-round sales of E15.

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