WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 2, 2017) – Two Indiana farmers testified before the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday about the importance of the renewable fuel standard for Indiana agriculture.
Indiana Soybean Alliance Chairman, Tom Griffiths, and Indiana Corn Growers Association member, David Gottbrath, testified before the EPA on 2018 Biofuels Volumes proposed under the Renewable Fuel Standard.
“We believe that the Renewable Volume Obligations set by the EPA should spur the industry to grow instead of maintaining the status quo,” says Griffiths, who farms in Kendallville, Ind. “The biodiesel industry is more than capable of fulfilling its responsibility to the volume obligations, and there are countless opportunities for the industry to grow, benefitting the economy and reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign oil. If the EPA fails to adjust the 2018 RVO, they will miss a strategic opportunity to push this burgeoning industry to growth.”
When enacted by Congress in 2005, the RFS set levels for the amount of biofuels to be produced each year under the law. However, the program also requires the EPA to affirm or adjust levels each year. The EPA-proposed totals discussed at Tuesday’s hearing would be the amount of renewable fuels obligated to be blended into the total 2018 US fuel supply, reducing the amount of foreign oils required by the United States.
Griffiths, who testified on behalf of ISA’s Membership and Policy Committee, highlighted the additional stability and profitability to his farm thanks to the RFS and its positive impact on the Soy Biodiesel industry. He urged the EPA to ramp up its proposed volumes for advanced biofuels like biodiesel and to levels closer to those laid out in law by Congress.
Gottbrath, who farms in Pekin, Ind., discussed the importance of the RFS and ethanol industry to Hoosier farm income and to the Indiana economy when addressing the EPA.
“Indiana farmers appreciate that the EPA is proposing levels in line with the statutory levels set as law by Congress for conventional corn ethanol,” said Gottbrath. “Yet, as the industry has evolved over the past 12 years, the agency has a tremendous opportunity to readjust and increase the volumes proposed for advanced biofuels like biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol.”
The Indiana Corn Growers Association board, which works with the state and federal governments to develop and promote sound policies that benefit Indiana corn farmers, consists of 9 farmer-directors who provide leadership to the organization on behalf of the nearly 800 ICGA members statewide.
The Indiana Soybean Alliance works to enhance the viability of Indiana soybean farmers through the effective and efficient investment of soybean checkoff funds and the development of sound policies that protect and promote the interest of Indiana soybean farmers. The ISA is working to build new markets for soybeans through the promotion of biodiesel, livestock, grain marketing, aquaculture, new soybean uses, and research. ISA is led by an elected farmer board that directs investments of the soybean checkoff funds on behalf of more than 28,000 Indiana soybean farmers and promotes policies on behalf of the ISA’s 800 dues-paying members. Visit www.indianasoybean.com for more information.
This communication was not funded with soybean or corn checkoff dollars.