Today, Ohio corn farmers welcome news that President Trump is honoring his commitment to Ohio agriculture. Thank you, President Trump, for hearing our unified voice and following through with your promise to Ohio corn farmers by reallocating the unjustified waived gallons and upholding the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Your commitment to ethanol and the RFS will increase the demand for corn and boost rural economies across our state at a time when corn farmers need it most.
The RFS and corn farmers have continually come under attack from big oil and the EPA, including the most recent approval of 31 additional RFS exemptions for oil companies that reduce corn demand for ethanol. Today’s announcement that EPA will reopen the rulemaking for the 2020 RFS volumes and propose to account for waivers in the volume requirements allows EPA to follow the law and restore integrity to the RFS.
“Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association wants to thank the President for standing up for ethanol and the RFS,” said Jon Miller, president of the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. “Corn farmers from Ohio and across the nation have been steadfast in our communications with the White House to retain the RFS and reduce the regulatory barriers for higher blends of ethanol. It’s been a tough year for Ohio farmers, and it is good to finally hear a bit of good news.”
“At a time when we are seeing ethanol production facilities idle, close, or reduce their production levels, this news is appreciated. We would also like to thank our Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association members who overwhelmingly responded and communicated with the President on this vital issue. Not only is this issue extremely important to Ohio corn farmers, it is very important to Ohio communities that rely on ethanol production for jobs,” said Tadd Nicholson, executive director of Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association.
We sincerely thank the Trump Administration for choosing to make this issue right and help Ohio corn farmers. We look forward to continuing to work with the Administration and other federal leaders to ensure this is a success.