RVO is Top Priority for Indiana Corn Farmers Visiting Washington D.C.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 17, 2015) — Indiana corn farmers visited Washington D.C. the week of July 13 to discuss issuesfacing Indiana farmers, including the EPA’s Renewable Volume Obligation numbers released in May. Members of the Indiana Corn Growers Association met with members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill.
“Our national leaders need to personally hear from us about how the issues in Washington impact our farms in Indiana so that they can be informed when making decisions,” said Herb Ringel, a Wabash farmer and president of Indiana Corn Growers Association. “We are able to put faces and stories with specific issues like the Renewable Fuel Standard so our elected officials understand the impact of their decisions.”
In 2014, Indiana farmers grew corn to produce nearly a billion gallons of ethanol in Indiana. Indiana farmers are concerned that the EPA’s RVO numbers released in May 2015 will reduce the demand for their crops and Indiana ethanol. Farmers are encouraged to sign a letter telling the EPA to stop its attacks on renewable fuels at www.incorn.org/rfs
Joining Ringel in Washington D.C. were Dennis Maple of Greentown, Mike Beard of Frankfort, Mike Buis of Martinsville, Gerald Gauck of Milan, David Gottbrath of Pekin, Dennis Whitsitt of Huntingburg, Ronnie Mohr of Greenfield, Mike Shuter of Frankton, George Morton of Lebanon and Sarah Delbecq of Auburn.
During their time in Washington D.C., ICGA members met with Rep. Jackie Walorski, Rep. Susan Brooks, Rep. Todd Rokita and Rep. Todd Young to thank them for their support of the Trade Promotion Act and discuss the importance of continuing support for the EPA’s RVO.
The Indiana corn farmers also attended the National Corn Growers Association Corn Congress to discuss legislative and regulatory priorities, which include global trade and ethanol demand.
“NCGA exists to represent corn farmers throughout the United States and we need to ensure that we do our part in offering our perspective on the legislative and regulatory issues we face as U.S. farmers,” said Ringel. “Indiana corn farmers have had a significant presence in NCGA, and we want to continue that legacy though attending important meetings on the national level.”
This trip to Washington D.C. was sponsored through Indiana Corn Growers Associations, an organization to support policy development and lobbying efforts in the Indiana Legislature and in Washington D.C. The goal of ICGA association is to encourage sound agricultural policy to make corn farms more viable. ICGA encourages all corn farmers to stay in touch with their state and federal legislators on policy issues that impact them.
Learn more about ICGA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/indianacorngrowers or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/IN_Corn. You can also view the website at www.incorn.org/icga.
The Indiana Corn Growers Association board, which works with the state and federal governments to develop and promote sound policies that benefit Indiana corn farmers, consists of 9 farmer-directors who provide leadership to the organization on behalf of the nearly 800 ICGA members statewide.
This communication was not funded with corn checkoff dollars.