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.
ICGA secured media space in the Washington D.C. market to air a commercial in hopes to grab the attention of President Trump and get him to stick to the deal that was agreed to on October 4, 2019. In this deal, the President agreed to base any reallocation of gallons on a three-year average of actual waived gallons. The commercial features ICGA President Jim Greif, Industrial Usage and U.S. Production Committee Chair Kelly Nieuwenhuis and Officer At-Large Mark Recker. The commercial expresses the deep concerns of Iowa’s corn farmers and ICGA members regarding the damage that this proposal could cause if it was adopted.
Watch ICGA’s commercial here.
Additionally, ICGA President Jim Greif participated in a news conference today in St. Louis stating, “If the President was here today, I’d tell him, ‘Mr. President, you made promises on the RFS and announced a deal on October 4. Iowa farmers believed you and supported the October 4 deal. The EPA has twisted your agreement into something farmers don’t support. It feels like a knife is in the back of the American farmer. Please stand by your deal.”
Watch the full news conference on National Corn Grower Association’s Facebook page.
ICGA will continue to keep the pressure on the White House until the final rule is decided upon.
Brandi Snyder, Public Relations Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, 515-225-9242