Yesterday, the period to submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule closed. The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) worked diligently on your behalf to make sure that your voices were heard to oppose the proposed rule and stick to the statute passed by Congress for the Renewable Fuels Standard.
ICGA farmer members and leaders collectively joined voices in opposition and attended public hearings and rallies, spoke with officials on Capitol Hill, and submitted comments. ICGA also sent a letter opposing the ruling to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to ensure that our message was made clear. The Association also worked hard to engage Iowans around the state to submit comments by running radio ads targeting farmers and online advertisements that worked to reach consumers and farmers alike, collecting comment cards at events around the state and encouraging race fans at the Iowa Corn 300 to stand up for the ethanol industry.
“This proposed rule by the EPA is going to have a very real impact on farmers, ethanol producers, rural communities, and consumers. It will result in a depressed farm economy which we have already seen from the effects of the 2014 proposed rule, which will in turn hurt agricultural businesses and lenders, as well as our main streets in rural America,” ICGA stated in final comments submitted.
In closing in his letter to EPA Administrator McCarthy, ICGA President Jerry Mohr wrote, “On behalf of Iowa’s corn farmers, we collectively join our voices in opposition to the proposed rule to lower the RVO for ethanol and we encourage the EPA to rethink the proposal and implement the statutory levels for corn based ethanol. Iowa’s hard working farm families need nothing less.”
The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is an 8,000-member strong grassroots-driven organization, headquartered in Johnston, Iowa, serving members across the state, and lobbying on agricultural issues on behalf of its farmer members to create opportunities for long-term Iowa corn grower profitability. For more information, visit iowacorn.org.
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Iowa Corn Growers Association