AgriTalk: AgriTalk: Defending the RFS

June 14, 2018 03:24 PM
AgriTalk Host Chip Flory covers the Senate Farm Bill with Sen. Joni Ernst, The RFS with Bill Pracht and Ken McCauley, and Mexican cheese exports with Tom Bailey. 

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has been on a lot of people’s minds lately. Earlier in the week he visited a refinery in Kansas, and took time to speak with Kansas ag representatives.

Among those that spoke with Pruitt was Kansas Corn Growers Association president Ken McCauley and East Kansas Agri-Energy CEO Bill Pracht. Both made it very clear to Pruitt where they stand on his decisions regarding Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) waivers.

“The exempted gallons have to be redistributed, and he agreed to that.” said McCauley on Thursday’s AgriTalk. “But we were adamant that this has to be back to domestic RINs and in no way involved with exports ”

Pracht said that the conversation with Pruitt was productive

“I asked him the question, ‘How are these companies considered small refiners?’” said Pracht. “He [Pruitt] added that it was for each refinery by the law. My follow up question was, ‘Wasn’t it the parent company that applied for the waiver?’ and he didn’t have an answer for that.”

One of the many senators fighting for the RFS in Washington is Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). She told AgriTalk host Chip Flory that legislative action may end up being what it takes to force the EPA to stick to the letter of the law with the RFS

“We need EPA to follow what Congress originally intended with their actions, and if they aren’t doing that those rules and regulations need to be re-written and followed, or we will have to step in and define very clearly what they need to don’t uphold the original intent of the law,” said Ernst.

Ernst and Flory also took time to discuss the Senate farm bill and immigration.

Also on Thursday’s show, Tom Bailey, dairy researcher with RaboScience, talked with Flory about cheese exports to Mexico and the implication of tariffs on that market.

Click on the player below to catch the full AgriTalk conversation


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