Indiana Corn Growers Urge Continued Support of State’s Ethanol Industry

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 13, 2014) — Indiana Corn Growers Association hosted a meeting on June 13 to highlight the importance of the ethanol industry not only to corn farmers across the state but also to local communities and the state economy.
The Indiana Ethanol Forum was held at Andretti® Autosport in Indianapolis. It brought together representatives from a variety of industries, as well as state and local leaders, to discuss an industry that supports more than 4,100 jobs across the state and accounted from $538 million in gross state product last year, according to a recent study by ABF Economics.
ICGA President Herb Ringel urged the attendees to be vocal supporters of Indiana’s growing biofuels industry and the economic impact it provides for the state. One simple action individuals can do is to make a call to their Congressional office in support of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). To reach your legislators, call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.
The RFS is the federal law that requires the blending of domestic, renewable, cleaner-burning corn ethanol and soy biodiesel in the nation’s fuel supply.Last fall, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a significant cut to U.S. biofuels.
“Maintaining the Renewable Fuel Standard is vital for Hoosier farmers, but if EPA’s proposed changes go into effect there would be a ripple effect not only to communities with a biofuels plant, but all the way to consumers at the fuel pump,” said Ringel, a farmer from Wabash, Ind. “While the comment period to the EPA is over, a call or email to our representatives in Washington, D.C. voicing your support for corn-based ethanol and the RFS is never a waste of time.”
The forum included speakers on a wide-range of topics from the sale of mid-level ethanol blends to the environmental benefits of flex fuels.
Sponsors included Indiana Corn Marketing Council, Dow AgroSciences, Farm Credit Mid-America, DuPont Pioneer, New Holland, Iroquois BioEnergy, Thorntons, Inc., Green Plains Renewable Energy, The Anderson’s, Inc., Stine Seeds, Cardinal Ethanol, Indiana Ethanol Producers Association, Central Indiana Ethanol and Growth Energy.
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The ICGA board, which works with the state and federal governments to develop and promote sound policies that benefit Indiana corn farmers, consists of 15 farmer-directors who provide leadership to the organization on behalf of the nearly 600 ICGA members statewide.
This communication was NOT funded with Indiana corn checkoff dollars.