Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) among those that wants EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt out of office—but what do the actual producers think?
“He ought to be removed from office,” said Brad Nelson a farmer from Minnesota, “ I don’t feel he has operated within the law of the RFS.”
Pruitt has fallen out of favor with many commodity producers around the country after Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waivers were given to larger refiners claiming hardship.
“Oil companies are very competitive, so they started trading RINs and used it as a way to squeeze out the smaller fuel producers on the East Coast,” said Gar Niemeyer, a row crop farmer in Central Illinois, “That is not our problem, that is a problem created by the oil industry that we shouldn’t have to deal with.”
Even outside of the Corn Belt the effects can be felt. Marty Klinker, a specialty crop farmer from Montana, said that it’s time to do something because it matters to everyone.
“If we’re burning more corn up, it just pushes an acre demand grab further into us [Rockies], ” said Klinker, “Generally rising tides raise all boats, and if the corn producer is doing better, then I am as well.”
In addition to sharing their thoughts on Pruitt, Nelson, Niemeyer and Klinker updated Flory on planting progress in their respective regions, talked about the House Farm Bill, and discussed markets with Brian Basting, commodity research analyst for Advanced Trading.
On Thursday, AgriTalk host Chip Flory also will talk with former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), one of the authors of the RFS, and he plans to ask Dorgan if Pruitt is sticking to the intent of the legislation.
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