Indiana Corn Growers: Don’t Mess with the RFS
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 12, 2015) — Indiana corn farmers and members of the Indiana Corn Growers Association are renewing their call to members of the Indiana Congressional delegation: don’t make changes to the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS.)
The RFS, which was enacted by Congress in 2005 and expanded and extended in 2007. It has greatly boosted the production of corn ethanol to provide a cleaner burning, cheaper, renewable alternative to gasoline from foreign oil.
ICGA members from across the state announced at the annual Indiana Ethanol Forum on May 7 that the RFS is working and is good for Indiana.
“The proof is in the pudding. Ethanol is responsible for thousands of jobs and has created a new market for farmers in our state to deliver corn,” said Herb Ringel, a farmer from Wabash and president of the Indiana Corn Growers Association. “While there may be some Washington interests funded by big oil that are actively trying to diminish or repeal the RFS, we are confident our members of Congress will see the value of ethanol and the law to Indiana farmers.”
Thankfully, Indiana has some strong supporters of farmers, ethanol, and the RFS, like Senator Joe Donnelly.
“Indiana is a leader in producing ethanol and other biodiesels. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is an important part of a comprehensive strategy to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and I believe our economy is stronger and our nation is more secure when we use fuels produced here at home,” said Sen. Donnelly. “I remain frustrated and disappointed that the EPA has proposed lowering the volume of renewable fuels required in our fuel supply because this would impact Hoosier corn and soybean farmers as well as the biofuel industry. I will continue my efforts to advocate for a strong RFS and Indiana's biofuel industry because supporting domestic energy production is critical to Indiana's economy and lessening our need for foreign oil.”
Some efforts are underway in the House of Representatives to enact anti-RFS legislation. ICGA encourages farmers to step up and be active in their communities, engage their elected officials, and defend the value of the RFS for Indiana.
Indiana farmers who benefit from the RFS say some misconceptions of the law shouldn’t distract from its value.
“The subsidies received by the ethanol industry in its infancy are no longer needed or handed out by the federal government,” said Ringel. “All you have to do is look around our state and see the cars that are running on E85 fuels and the plants that are buying our corn and the jobs being created to see the benefits of the RFS.”
Indiana farmers are encouraged to call their Congressman and remind them to support the Renewable Fuel Standard and Indiana farmers. To learn more about the RFS or to join the Indiana Corn Growers Association, visit www.incorn.org.
The Indiana Corn Growers Association board, which works with the state and federal governments to develop and promote sound policies that benefit Indiana corn farmers, consists of 9 farmer-directors who provide leadership to the organization on behalf of the nearly 800 ICGA members statewide.
This communication was not funded with corn checkoff dollars.