The National Corn Growers Association is urging Congress to oppose legislation that they say would significantly weaken the Renewable Fuels Standard. 

“The U.S. ethanol industry is an integral part of job creation and economic opportunity throughout rural America,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer. “This legislation would put progress made by the ethanol industry in jeopardy and we are asking members of Congress to oppose its passage.” The RFS came into effect in 2005 and was reauthorized and expanded with strong bipartisan support in 2007.  

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“The ethanol industry is saving money for American consumers and producing jobs during a difficult financial time,” said Niemeyer. “The American farmer continues to meet the growing demand for corn as food, feed, fuel and fiber even when facing difficult years. We hope members of Congress will vote against a piece of legislation that will be a backwards step for our country’s fight for energy independence.”