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December 11, 2019

In continued efforts to correct the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) twisted proposed rule that goes against President Trump’s agreement, Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) President Jim Greif spoke at a news conference along with the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA).  The attack of Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs) has eliminated 4.04 billion gallons of biofuels from the RFS program over the last three years. This equates to nearly 1.5 billion bushels of corn. The EPA’s supplemental proposed rule would base any reallocation of waived gallons through the SRE program on the Department of Energy (DOE) recommendations which the EPA has historically not followed. The result of the EPA’s proposal will continue to undercut the RFS when waivers are granted removing market access for cleaner-burning renewable fuels. In efforts to not let this proposed rule get finalized, ICGA has launched a campaign sharing farmer’s stories to ask President Trump to follow through on his promise to support the RFS.

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November 12, 2019

Iowa agricultural and biofuels groups are encouraging Iowa farmers and consumers to make their voices heard by submitting comments on EPA’s recently proposed rule that was supposed to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) from refinery exemptions.

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October 30, 2019

Today, Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) President Jim Greif testified at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) hearing on the supplemental proposal to the 2020 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) rulemaking in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

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October 18, 2019

Earlier this week, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) hosted the first Global Ethanol Summit in Washington D.C. Industry and government officials from 60 countries assembled to learn about advancements in biofuels policies in countries around the world and prospects for expanded global ethanol use. After the Summit, Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) worked with USGC to host a multi-country ethanol-focused trade team in Iowa to see the full production and value chain of corn-based ethanol.

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October 18, 2019

Today ag and biofuel groups thanked Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds for standing up for them and defending the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Last night, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds told Brownfield Ag News radio: “I’m going to hold the President to what he said and I’m going to hold the EPA accountable to follow through with what the deal actually was.” Talking specifically of the EPA proposal to use the DOE recommendations, Reynolds noted: “I understand completely the industry’s concerns and the hesitation about going with what [EPA proposed]. That’s not the language that we agreed to when we were in the office. And so we’re going to continue to try to go back to that and try to put that into the 30-day comment because we were pretty specific in the language that we asked for.” Reynolds concluded: “I’m going to continue to fight hard on behalf of our Iowa farmers and producers and a renewable fuel industry that I believe has a role to play.”

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October 15, 2019

Statement from ICGA President Jim Greif Today, we are outraged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not implement the details that were presented and outlined by the President only eleven days ago. Any proposal that does not account for actual waived gallons under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) fails to...

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October 4, 2019

Statement from ICGA President Jim Greif Iowa corn farmers received positive news today for momentum in the right direction to uphold the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) thanks President Trump for his commitment to address the demand destruction of corn ethanol brought...
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September 30, 2019

During harvest to support the haul of this year’s crop, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed today a proclamation granting a temporary 60-day weight limit exemption for trucks operating on Iowa roads. The proclamation will be effective as of Tuesday, October 1. The 2019 Harvest Weight Proclamation specifically increases the weight allowable for shipment of corn, soybeans, hay, straw, and stover, by 12.5 percent per axle (up to a maximum of 90,000 pounds) without the need for an oversize/overweight permit.

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September 25, 2019

The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) welcomes the signing of the United States-Japan agreement stating Japan is lowering tariffs on U.S. agricultural products by seven billion dollars. ICGA is looking forward to seeing the details of the agreement that will provide continual market access with Japan.

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September 24, 2019

The Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) along with the U.S. Grains Council hosted a group of Japanese Feed Grain professionals in Iowa last week. During their visit, the group learned about U.S. corn, co-products and ethanol firsthand by touring and meeting with U.S. suppliers and exporters. On Monday, the team toured Iowa Corn Promotion Board Director Rod Pierce’s farm in Woodward, Iowa.

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