Posted on January 10, 2014 at 1:35 PM by Iowa Corn
As you probably know, the EPA tried to give us a lump of coal for Christmas by proposing new rules that would reduce the amount of corn ethanol that is to be blended into our nation’s fuel supply under the Renewable Fuel Standard. They’ve proposed a drop to 13 billion gallons, a drastic reduction from the RFS statute of 14.4 billion gallons. That cut represents 500 million bushels of corn.
This ill-advised and unnecessary cut in required volumes could have a devastating effect on farmers and rural communities across the country. While corn prices have recently dropped significantly, the cost of producing the crop continues to increase with the price of corn now below the cost of production for many farmers. This will force land values down causing a rate of this decline that could be disastrous for the rural economy-- shrinking rural tax bases, negatively impacting schools, hospitals, fire departments, and roads. Forcing land values and rental rates down will negatively impact landowners, many of whom are elderly and living on fixed incomes.
We’re growing more than enough corn to meet every need. There’s no need to change something that works. The Renewable Fuel Standard has reduced greenhouse gas emissions, decreased our reliance on foreign oil, lowered gasoline prices for consumers, increased economic stability in rural America and spurred innovation in advanced and cellulosic biofuels.
I’m asking you to TODAY take a few minutes to tell the EPA what a bad idea this is and tell your friends and neighbors how important it is to do the same.
Please go to www.ncga.com/rfs
and click on one of the links to send a letter directly to the EPA. Customize the letter with information about your community and operation.
If you have already sent a letter, many thanks! Please get your friends and neighbors to do so as well. One of the sample letters at www.ncga.com/rfs
can be sent from non-farmers, so be sure to let non-farmers in your communities know how important this issue is to your local economy.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our NCGA staff at (636) 733-9004.
P.S. The comment period closes on Tuesday, January 28, so don’t delay! Visit www.ncga.com/rfs today!