KANSAS CITY, MO
The Environmental Protection Agency must protect the Renewable Fuel Standard as Congress originally defined it nearly a decade ago, Iowa farmer Randy Caviness told the EPA at a public hearing this week. He testified on behalf of Iowa Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation.
'EPA's decision not to follow the intent of Congress in the 2007 RFS is highly disappointing to all of agriculture,' said Caviness, who also serves as a member of AFBF Issue's Advisory Committee on Energy. 'This decision strikes a blow to conventional ethanol production and dampens the prospects for the further development of advanced biofuels.'
Caviness is a firm believer in clean energy, and his farm is proof of it. He has farmed for 28 years without energy-intensive tilling and leads initiatives to install wind turbines in his home county of Adair and neighboring Cass County.
Caviness told EPA that renewable fuels are an American success story and critical to keeping our nation moving forward in reducing dependence on foreign oil and providing well-paying jobs in rural America. EPA's proposal to reduce the RFS would hurt agriculture and rural economies at a time when farmers are already struggling with a down-turned economy.
'Our nation's farmers can grow more bushels of corn and soybeans on fewer acres to feed and fuel the world,' Caviness said. 'But if these reduced volumes are finalized, this decision will stall growth and progress in renewable fuels as well as the broader agricultural economy.'