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Jeanne, Top Producer Editor, grew up on a beef cattle operation in Southwest Missouri and now writes from the heart of corn country in Eastern Iowa.

Tell EPA What You Think

Sep 16, 2009
Farmers have until next week (Sept. 25) to tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) what they think about the proposed revised Renewable Fuel Standard regulations, known as RFSII.

There is much debate regarding the proposed standard due to the fact the EPA wants to include the theory of Indirect Land Use in its regulation, effectively creating a nationwide carbon penalty for biofuels compared with gasoline, according to biofuels industry supporters.

The theory predicts that using biofuels made from U.S. corn and soybeans causes a farmer halfway around the world to make a land use decision to plow virgin land to replace feed. It also suggests that any carbon emissions resulting from this land use change should be ascribed to biofuels. The biggest problem with ILUC theory, however, is that there is no scientific consensus to its validity. Research on the effects of biofuels on greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) is relatively young, with most studies appearing just in the last two or three years.

EPA's current proposed rule could place a huge burden on corn growers, for example, by requiring proof that feedstocks used for ethanol production came from cropland which was in production prior to 2007, says National Corn Grower Association Ethanol Committee Chairman Steve Ruh, an Illinois farmer. “We need farmers to voice their opinions on the proposed standard,” he says.

For more informatio on the issue or assistance in crafting comments to the EPA, the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association and National Biodiesel Board are providing form letters and email links to the EPA comment area.
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COMMENTS (3 Comments)

Pass E11 or E12. Ethanol is a must for our countries sustainable future. The facts say an oil shortage is coming ( America needs the jobs and we need this energy! It is the only thing we have going. Please do not fall to those who do not understand how investment in agriculture and research is allowing us to set up a sustainable world. First generation biofuels need to have growth to get to 2nd generation fuels.
3:57 PM Nov 24th
This is a good one. I would like to say that the EPA is full of communists, anti-God atheists, Marxists, homosexuals and lesbanese!!! It is down on the American Christian Farmer and Barak Insane Osama will ruint this contry with his politiks and stuff like that. Just because I am a farmer who has dirt under my toe nails doesn't mean that I'm an idiot or a moron. God will watch over the American Farmer and will not leave him prostitue to the doings of Washinton. I am from Kansas and I am a Sam Brownback Republican not a Dwight (crap for brains) Eisehoward Republican like some people are. Did you know that Bob Dole owns a pineapple farm? That is the kind of weirdo he is. God Bless Sam Brownback, God Bless Kansas and God Bless the American Christian Farmer!
2:52 PM Sep 21st

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