ICGA Statement Regarding EPA RFS Announcement
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (November 21, 2014) — The following statement was released by Herb Ringel, a farmer from Wabash, Ind. and president of the Indiana Corn Growers Association, which represents the interests of corn farmers across the state of Indiana in response to an Environmental Protection Agency announcement Friday that it was delaying its decision on the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard again:
“We’re encouraged to see the EPA withdraw its fundamentally flawed 2014 Renewable Volume Obligation after listening to the thousands of farmers and millions of consumers across Indiana and the United States who want alternative fuels and a stronger economy.”
“Congress created the Renewable Fuel Standard to help reduce our dependence on big oil and to provide cleaner fuel choices for consumers. We will continue working to defend the interests of farmers and consumers by holding EPA accountable for implementing the law enacted by Congress.”
“Corn farmers have produced a second record crop in a row—resulting in corn prices that have fallen below the cost of production in many parts of the country. Our members are frustrated by uncertainty and delays by the federal government in implementing the RFS.”
“Here in Indiana, ethanol means 4,100 full-time jobs and provided $42 million to state and local in taxes to our much needed local and state governments. A typical Indiana ethanol plant adds nearly $35 million annually to the community where it is located. Our rural communities need economic development and reasons for job creation. Ethanol has provided it and we will continue to advocate for its growth. The federal government and our representatives in Washington, DC must further support the ethanol industry in Indiana and across the country.”
National Corn Growers Association’s statement regarding EPA RFS announcement can be found at: http://ncga.com/news-and-resources/news-stories/article/2014/11/ncga-statement-regarding-epa-rfs-announcement.
This communication was NOT funded with Indiana corn checkoff dollars.