Ag Groups Call on President Trump to Stand Firm for the Renewable Fuel StandardMon, 26 Feb 2018 12:50:24 CST
The National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, the National Sorghum Producers, the American Soybean Association, the National Farmers Union and the American Farm Bureau, sent a letter to President Trump on Monday, calling on the President to maintain the integrity of the RFS.
The letter disputes the efforts of Texas Senator Ted Cruz in his efforts to discredit the value of the Renewable Fuel Standard and his championing of a bankrupt refiner in Philadelphia where he made an appearance last week. Cruz and other lawmakers are expected to be in a meeting with the President the RFS- and the letter written by the six ag groups is an effort to weigh in on the charges made by Senator Cruz. The Tuesday meeting is an effort to bring together key lawmakers and Cabinet members to discuss escalating tensions over the RFS between oil industry and ethanol industry interests.
The letter says "The recent bankruptcy claims of an East Coast refiner are not reflective of the state of the refining industry, but rather the hallmark of poor business decisions and a willingness to put investor returns before refinery jobs. Despite the claims of adverse impacts from Renewable Identification Number (RIN) costs, last November, the Environmental Protection Agency concluded that RIN values are not causing economic harm to refiners. The failings of one company should not be used as an excuse for undermining a law that serves hundreds of ethanol and biodiesel plants, tens of thousands of renewable fuel plant workers, and millions of farmers who rely upon the strong market demand created by the RFS.
“The President and his administration have expressed strong support for the RFS since the early days of President Trump’s campaign,” said National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson. “We want to be sure he remembers these promises he made to farmers and rural communities as he meets with senior administration officials and lawmakers. Rural communities are under a lot of economic stress, so there is much to gain from a strong RFS, and a lot to lose by weakening it.”
“We appreciate the President’s support of the RFS since the early days of his campaign,” said National Corn Grower President Kevin Skunes. “Rural America supported President Trump last year, now we need the President to support rural America. Supporting policy changes that undermine the RFS will hurt farmers, renewable fuel plant workers, and rural America.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects 2018 net farm income will decline an additional $4.3 billion this year, a 6.7 percent reduction from 2017 levels. This represents the lowest net farm income, in nominal dollars, since 2006 and is a 50-percent decline in net farm income since 2013.
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