NGCA approves resolution urging Trump to uphold RFS

By Erin Voegele | July 17, 2019

The National Corn Growers Association has approved a resolution urging President Trump to uphold his commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard. The NCGA also launched an RFS ad campaign and elected four new members to its Corn Board. 

Delegates attending the NCGA’s Corn Congress in Washington, D.C., approved a “Sense of the Corn Congress” resolution July 17 urging Trump to uphold his commitment to America’s farmers and the RFS.

The resolution calls the RFS a successful public policy for U.S. energy security, consumers, the environment and rural communities, but states the U.S. EPA continues to undermine program by reducing RFS requirements through the use of small refinery exemptions (SREs). According to the resolution, SREs are reducing corn use for ethanol production, lowering domestic ethanol consumption and the blend rate, and limiting the growth of higher ethanol blends, such as E15.

“We, the assembled voting delegates of the National Corn Growers Association, ask President Donald Trump to uphold his commitments to protect the RFS and support farmers by ensuring EPA’s administration of the RFS does not undermine the law and the benefits of renewable fuels,” said the delegates in the resolution.

The NGCA said Corn Congress delegates will take this message to Capital Hills this week, urging members of congress to press the administration to support the integrity of the RFS and support legislation that would seek to stop waiver abuse and address the harm these waivers cause.

Earlier in the week, the NCGA renewed pressure on the EPA to follow Trump’s commitment to farmers and stop awarding SREs to big oil companies by re-running an ad that first ran in June.

Also during the Corn Congress July 17, delegates elected four farmers to serve on the organization’s Corn Board. New members Mike Lefever of Colorado and Dennis McNinch of Kansas will take office Oct. 1. Current board members Chris Edgington of Iowa and tom Haag of Minnesota were re-elected. All four will serve three-year terms.

According to the NCGA, its Corn Board represents the organization on all matters while directing both policy and supervising day-to-day operations. Board members represent the federation of state organizations, supervise the affairs and activities of NCGA in partnership with the chief executive officer and implement NCGA policy established by the Corn Congress. Members also act as spokesmen for the NCGA and enhance the organization’s public standing on all organizational and policy issues.