Corn Growers Urge Race Fans to Tell EPA “Don’t Mess with the RFS”
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 23, 2015) — Race fans will be able to learn more about American Ethanol and show their support of the clean burning fuel by visiting the Biofuels Mobile Education Center in the fan midway at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 24-26.
American Ethanol supporters, including Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association and Indiana Corn Growers Association, will be on hand to answer questions, hand out prizes and encourage fans to tell let the Environmental Protection Agency know that ethanol is good for everyone.
The Environmental Protection Agency has chosen to ignore the law by slashing 3.75 billion gallons of corn and other conventional ethanol from the Renewable Fuel Standard. That represents a loss of nearly a billion and half bushels in corn demand and the weakening of an industry that is helping farmers, rural communities, consumers and our country’s economy.
“Indiana corn growers know we’re growing enough corn to meet all needs – food, fiber and fuel – and we believe the Renewable Fuel Standard should not be changed,” said Herb Ringel, a farmer from Wabash and president of the Indiana Corn Growers Association. “The RFS has done what was supposed to do: reduced greenhouse gas emissions, decreased our reliance on foreign oil, lowered gasoline prices for consumers, increased economic stability in rural America and spurred innovation in advanced and cellulosic biofuels.”
Hundreds of the racing faithful have added their voice to those urging the Environmental Protection Agency to let the Renewable Fuels Standard do its job. There is still time for you to help. If you can’t make it to the race this weekend you can go online to tell EPA that you oppose their proposal that will cut nearly four billion gallons of ethanol and will have a significant negative impact on already low corn prices. The July 27, 2015 deadline for public comments is looming, so please act today. For details on the proposal and a link to send a comment, visit www.incorn.org/rfs. Various draft comments are available to enable both farmers and their non-farmer friends to easily send personalized notes to the EPA.
Indiana ethanol facilities produced almost one billion gallons of ethanol last year, using approximately 315 million bushels of Indiana’s one billion bushel 2014 corn crop. 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 Indiana.
“Not only does ethanol production benefit corn farmers across the nation, it plays a vital role in supporting local economies and protecting our environment,” Ringel said. “The Renewable Fuel Standard is working and benefitting Hoosiers across Indiana, and we need the help of Hoosier race fans to stand up with us.”
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.