Indiana Corn Growers Call on Hoosier Farmers to Stand Up to EPA
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 6, 2015) — The Indiana Corn Growers Association (ICGA) announced the launch of a new website Monday encouraging both Indiana farmers and consumers to stand up to the Environmental Protection Agency for the agency's latest attack on Hoosier farmers.
The EPA is accepting comments through July 27, 2015 on the Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) levels it has set in accordance with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The EPA has proposed cutting corn ethanol production by 3.5 billion gallons through 2016, potentially eliminating demand for more than 1.5 billion bushels of corn around the country.
Farmers and consumers are encouraged to sign a letter to the EPA at www.incorn.org/rfs.
"The Renewable Fuel Standard is working, and the EPA should stop messing with the law and with Indiana farmers," said Herb Ringel, a farmer from Wabash and president of the Indiana Corn Growers Association. "Ethanol has been one of the greatest rural economic development driver since the Great Depression, and we need all Hoosiers, including farmers and consumers, to stand up against this terrible EPA action."
Indiana ethanol refiners produced almost one billion gallons of ethanol last year, using approximately 315 million bushels of Indiana's one billion bushel corn crop in 2014. Ethanol is responsible for more than 525 direct jobs, $30 million in salary and benefits, and more than 4,100 indirect jobs in our state. That represents $3.6 billion in total economic activity and revenue for our state.
"Ethanol has been vital for farmers in my area and across the state," said Ronnie Mohr, a farmer from Greenfield and member of the ICGA Board of Directors. "Ethanol provides a new market for us, and a low-cost, cleaner burning fuel for consumers."
Corn ethanol provides up to a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions when compared to gasoline. Global ethanol production and use is estimated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 100 million metric tons annually, the equivalent of taking more than 20 million vehicles off the road. Ethanol is a sustainable octane source that is much better for the environment than particulate-generating petroleum alternatives.
Here in Indiana, E85, a fuel with 85 percent corn ethanol used in Flex Fuel Vehicles (FFVs), typically costs consumers 60-80 cents less per gallon than the standard 10 percent ethanol blend.
"Of the 314 million gallons of ethanol we produced in Indiana in 2013, E85 sales accounted for 13.3 million gallons of that," said Ringel. "The evidence proves demand for this Indiana-grown, renewable fuel is real and EPA's actions not only affect the ethanol industry and farmers but consumers will be too."
Comments are due to the EPA by July 27, 2015. Farmers and consumers are encouraged to visit www.incorn.org/rfs to sign the letter. You can learn more information at that page or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/indianacorngrowers.
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. For more information, visit www.incorn.org.
This communications was NOT funded with Indiana corn checkoff dollars.