Corn growers target bill that would limit ethanol blends

The Renewable Fuel Standard was created to promote American renewable energy while creating a steady market for corn. | File photo

A bill introduced at the beginning of May by Reps. Bill Flores (R-TX), Peter Welch (D-VT), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Jim Costa (D-CA) seeks to cap the percent by volume of ethanol blends at 9.7 percent, which the chair of the Ethanol Committee for the National Corn Growers Association says would be devastating to farmers and consumers.

"Americans want cleaner air, affordable choices at the gas pump, and a strong economy that fosters investment in new technology and improves our energy independence," Jeschke said. "Meanwhile, American corn farmers are struggling, with prices below the cost of production and the largest carryover stock in two decades."

The Renewable Fuel Standard was created to promote American renewable energy while creating a steady market for corn. Jeschke said this bill would undercut the RFS and negatively impact corn farmers, and with it, the entire farm economy. 

"When you see your senators and representatives, remind them that the Renewable Fuel Standard works," Jeschke said. "It had has taken American renewable energy forward, and this is not the time to back down. Tell your elected officials to stand up for clean air, a strong economy, and energy independence. Urge them to oppose Rep. Flores' anti-ethanol bill."

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