Crop associations upset with EPA reducing RFS
Several agricultural associations expressed their disappointment over the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision last week to reduce the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Groups issuing statements included the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Corn Growers Association, The American Soybean Association, the Advanced Ethanol Council, the Renewable Fuels Association, the Missouri Corn Growers Association and more.
The American Farm Bureau Federation was one of the largest associations to speak out against the reduced RFS. Bob Stallman, president, AFBF issue the following statement.
“The American Farm Bureau Federation is disappointed in the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed reduction in the amount of ethanol that must be blended into the nation’s gasoline supply. This decision strikes a blow to conventional ethanol production as well as dampens the prospects for advanced biofuels.
“The intent of the Renewable Fuels Standard revised in 2007 (RFS2) was to get more renewable fuels into our nation’s pipeline and move beyond the E10 fuel blend. Today’s announcement from EPA moves us in the opposite direction. This decision has the potential to pull the plug on new technologies and investments that are currently in place and needed to produce advanced biofuels.
“The ethanol industry, from farmers to investors and everyone in between, needs stability and certainty.”
The National Corn Growers Association expressed its outrage Friday in the wake of the announcement that EPA will significantly weaken the Renewable Fuel Standard by reducing the volumes for corn-based ethanol for 2014.
"This recommendation is ill-advised and should be condemned by all consumers because it is damaging to our tenuous economy and short-sighted regarding the nation's energy future," said NCGA President Martin Barbre. "Agriculture has been a bright spot in a failing U.S. economy, but current corn prices are below the cost of production. EPA's ruling would be devastating for family farmers and the entire rural economy."
NCGA went to say that the EPA's proposed renewable volume obligations set the annual targets for the utilization of cellulosic, biodiesel, advanced and total renewable fuel within our transportation fuels. The proposed rule caps corn-based (or conventional) ethanol at 13 billion gallons. These proposed volume obligations are a drastic reduction from the mandated RVOs in statute. The new proposed rule cuts 1.4 billion gallons from the conventional ethanol cap that was set at 14.4 billion gallons, according to NCGA.