The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) supports and applauds Congresswoman Ashley Hinson’s introduction of the Defend the Blend Act. This bipartisan bill would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from reopening and reducing set Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) from previous years, providing increased certainty in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for corn growers and biofuel producers.
Below is a statement from ICGA President and farmer from Vinton, Iowa, Lance Lillibridge:
“The Iowa Corn Growers Association thanks Congresswoman Hinson for spearheading the Defend the Blend Act. Defending the RFS has been a top priority of ICGA for years, and nothing would undermine the integrity and stability of this program more than allowing finalized annual biofuel volumes to be reopened, rewritten and reduced. Congresswoman Hinson’s legislation would hold the EPA accountable by preventing the Agency from turning back the clock to undermine settled RFS blending targets. This bill is both common sense and timely, as Iowa corn farmers and biofuel producers need RFS certainty and validity to grow consumer access for more affordable, lower carbon biofuel blends.”
Other lead sponsors on this bipartisan bill include Reps. Rodney Davis (IL-13), Angie Craig (MN-02), and Ron Kind (WI-03). Original co-sponsors include Iowa Reps. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02), Cindy Axne (IA-03), and Randy Feenstra (IA-04).
Brandi Strautman, Public Relations Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, 515-513-3227