Chuck Grassley

United States Senator from Iowa

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Farmers, Biofuels Workers Rally Across Iowa to Protect RFS

Mar 13, 2018

Farmers, Biofuels Workers Rally Across Iowa to Protect RFS

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley said the farmers and biofuels workers rallying across Iowa to speak out against a proposed RIN price cap or waiver under the RFS (Renewable Fuel Standard) are sending an important message to Washington on behalf of farm income and jobs in rural America.

On March 9, farmers and biofuels workers rallied at Western Dubuque Biodiesel in Farley, Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy in Council Bluffs, Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Golden Grain Energy in Mason City and the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Office in Johnston.

Wallaces Farmer: “To President Trump: Stand Strong On Your Pledge To Support The Renewable Fuel Standard And Reject Proposals To Bail Out Oil Refiners At The Expense Of Farmers”

“Farmers, biofuel producers and other concerned citizens rallied on Saturday in Iowa to send a message to President Trump: Stand strong on your pledge to support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), and reject proposals to bail out oil refiners at the expense of farmers.”

“With low commodity prices, farmers are facing a fourth straight year of income decline. Land values continue to drop and farm debt is rising. A study released last week by Iowa State University economists shows the Cruz oil refinery bailout plan would decrease corn prices by another 25 cents per bushel. It would decrease soybean prices by 16 cents.”

AgWired: “Fuel Retailers Join Chorus Against RIN Price Cap”

“The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) gathered together three fuel retailers who market higher ethanol blends to talk about why a cap on the price of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINS) would be detrimental to their businesses.”

“Putting A Cap On Prices For Renewable Identification Numbers (RINS) Would Not Be The ‘Win-Win’ That Senator Ted Cruz Of Texas Has Repeatedly Said He Wants”

“Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw and Iowa Biodiesel Board Executive Director Grant Kimberley held a joint press conference Friday to discuss an oil industry study make public by Reuters that shows putting a cap on prices for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINS) would not be the “win-win” that Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has repeatedly said he wants for the both the oil and biofuels industries.”

“Ethanol Interests Shout Opposition to RIN Price Cap”

“As concerns began to grow late last week that the Trump Administration was leaning toward a cap on prices for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) to appease oil refinery interests, biofuel interests went into high gear to get the word out about how that action would devastate the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).”

Fort Dodge Messenger: “Farmers And Agriculture Leaders From Webster County…Discuss A Texas Senator’s Plan To Alter The Renewable Fuels Standard, Which They Say Would Cripple The State’s Ethanol Industry”

“Farmers and agriculture leaders from Webster County met with the state’s new agriculture secretary Friday afternoon to discuss a Texas senator’s plan to alter the Renewable Fuels Standard, which they say would cripple the state’s ethanol industry

“‘Their opposition is to put this cap on the price of the RIN, which means that if RINs are artificially held at a low price, then blenders will just buy RINs instead of buying ethanol,’ Horan said. ‘Well, if that happens, then the ethanol demand will go down dramatically, and ethanol companies will slow down production of ethanol because they’re not selling it.’”

“‘If RFS goes away, you don’t have to study economics to know what that does to our rural communities and our economy,’ Naig said. ‘It’s a critically important piece here.’”

Ames Tribune: “Biofuels Supporters Rally At Nevada Farm: ‘This Might Be The Most Critical Issue That’s Affected Farmers In A Long Time’”

“He told the approximately 170 people who attended the rally that this might be the most critical issue that’s affected farmers in a long time.”

“Howell said farmers and politicians cannot afford to ignore what he described as the deepest reduction in farm income since the Great Depression. He expressed his concern about what he said is a ‘false narrative’ by Cruz in Washington, D.C., which could break the President’s commitment to Iowa’s renewable fuels industry. ‘We’re calling on President Trump to keep his promise,’ Howell said.”

Brownfield Ag News: “Farmers And Ethanol Plant Employees Speak Up For RFS”

“Attempts by oil refiners to modify the Renewable Fuel Standard have prompted an outcry from farmers and ethanol plant employees who support the biofuels mandate.”

“‘We have about 65 employees here and then when you look at all the rest of the industry, we support about 3,000 jobs around the area,’ Schultz said.”

“‘How Can He Honestly Say This Is A Win For Farmers When It Will Cripple The Corn Market’”

“Biofuels supporters have ramped up their efforts to protect the Renewable Fuels Standard from changes being pursued by Texas Senator Ted Cruz and oil refiners.”

“‘Senator Cruz says it’s a win-win,’ Howell said. ‘How can he honestly say this is a win for farmers when it will cripple the corn market and the price of corn will immediately drop 25 cents.’”

KGLO Radio: “Renewable Fuels Advocates Sound Alarm About Possible RFS Waivers”

“The Executive Director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board, Grant Kimberley, says the plan would cut biodiesel production by 300 million gallons…He says soybean farmers would see a reduction of prices by at least 15 cents a bushel.”

KCRG-TV: “Iowans Worry About The Future Of The Renewable Fuel Standard”

“Some farmers in Iowa have decided they're not going to let any big changes happen quietly...A group of men including farmers, biodiesel workers, and a lawmaker met at the Western Dubuque Biodiesel facility Friday.”

“Farmers Speak Against Changes To RFS”

“Farmers in eastern Iowa gathered to talk about how bad the changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard would be.”

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