Today, ethanol supporters gathered in Iowa to take part in "Hearing in the Heartland: Supporting the Renewable Fuels Standard," hosted by Governor Terry Branstad in Des Moines. This day-long event features testimony from both state and federal legislators, regulators and administrators from Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada and South Dakota, as well as leadership from agribusiness and from farmer-leaders active at the state and national levels.
The event was organized in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal for a 1.4 billion gallon reduction in how much corn ethanol will be required under the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2014.
Branstad kicked off the event with an impassioned speech in support of ethanol, biodiesel and the RFS. Following Branstad, panels provided testimony throughout the day. National Corn Growers Association Chairwoman Pam Johnson, a farmer from Floyd, Iowa, spoke during a morning panel.
For a full listing of speakers, click here.
In her testimony, Johnson pointed out that decisions affecting next year's crop have already been made.
"In the past, the RFS had provided some certainty that there will be a viable commodity market-but EPA's proposed rule eliminates this certainty," she explained. "We ask that the EPA stay the course and support the RFS and reconsider the proposed reductions of the 2014 renewable volume obligations."
With a broad array of opinions presented in support of the RFS from a diverse group of speakers, the hearing drew attention to the incredible importance of maintaining the RFS. To learn more about this issue or to submit comments to the EPA, click here.