It’s a new year and IL Corn has New Year’s Resolutions too! In 2013, we hope to:
- Pass a workable Farm Bill
- Defend the Renewable Fuel Standard
- Secure funding to upgrade locks and dams on the Mississippi River
- Reintroduce ourselves to the non-farming public
2. DEFEND THE RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD
Corn-based ethanol is under attack. Not only does Big Oil despise the homegrown fuel – even though it has made them a lot of money – but corn’s other end users are concerned about supply. In fact, livestock producers pushed their governors to request a waiver to the Renewable Fuel Standard last year, which was ultimately denied by the EPA.
In the end, the RFS waiver was denied last year because the EPA realized that mandating the use of ethanol to achieve our country’s energy independence goals, not to mention gaining on environmental impacts and cost savings for consumers, did not cause substantial or significant harm to the economic climate in the U.S.
Now that the waiver has been denied, corn farmers, ethanol producers, and the rest of the agricultural and rural community that benefits from ethanol production feel that a request to repeal the RFS is coming. We plan to defend the bill’s success and necessity to lawmakers in 2013.
- Corn-based ethanol is not taking food out of hungry mouths. The corn used to produce corn-based ethanol is not the same food that you eat at the dinner table. The major market for this sort of corn is livestock mouths.
- Corn-based ethanol is not starving livestock or negatively affecting livestock producers. Yes, because of the drought, corn stocks are low right now which is a sad circumstance caused by Mother Nature. However, history shows us that corn yields are increasing exponentially due to new technologies and better management. On average, there will be more than enough corn to go around.
- Corn-based ethanol is saving consumers money at the pump. In 2010, consumers saved around $200-$400 a year, or about $0.89 per gallon, on fuel than they would have without the inclusion of ethanol.
- Corn-based ethanol is reinvigorating rural economies. During the last few years when most of the nation has experienced severe economic downturn, rural economies have been somewhat buffered by ethanol and the jobs and economic impacts it provides.
- Corn-based ethanol is produced in the U.S. with renewable resources. The alternative is fuel from overseas where we fight wars and American’s are killed.
Check in later this week for more of IL Corn’s 2013 priorities!