GOP: Majority Leader Hagenow’s Capitol Update

September 20, 2019
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Supporting Ethanol Production in Iowa

Governor Reynolds traveled to Washington DC last week to meet with President Trump on growing concerns in the ethanol industry. The Governor was reportedly joined by Senator Grassley and Senator Ernst, along with both senators from South Dakota and Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska.

A significant portion of the corn grown in the United States is used in the production of ethanol. Which is particularly important to the Midwest and other agriculture states. Under current law, oil refineries are required to combine ethanol that meets the Renewable Fuel Standard.


More and more, oil refineries in the United States are receiving waivers from the requirement to combine ethanol with the gasoline they produce. Due to the significant increase in waivers, overall demand for ethanol has decreased.  In turn, that decreases the demand for corn and negatively impacts the grain market for Iowa farmers.

Two ethanol plants located in northwest Iowa were recently forced to shut down temporarily because of the current situation surrounding ethanol production. With similar concerns, other plants across the Midwest have also shut down.

The Governor has said that her talks with the President have been productive, and we appreciate her and our U.S. Senators’ efforts.  Our leaders are working together in D.C. to represent the people of Iowa. The tireless efforts that they are making show their true dedication and care for the people in the state of Iowa.

Renewable fuels have long been a priority here in Iowa. Each year the Legislature provides the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship funding for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program. This program provides grants that will assist retailers in converting their equipment, helping them to expand their usage of renewable fuels across Iowa.

Agriculture and our rural communities remain a vital component to the success of our state so it is critical that we do what we can to support policies that benefit rural Iowa. This is especially important in the midst of the current trade negotiations.

With harvest just around the corner, it is a crucial time for Iowa farmers to have strong markets. We need to continue to support hardworking farmers across our state.

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GOP: Majority Leader Hagenow’s Capitol Update

September 20, 2019
By

Supporting Ethanol Production in Iowa

Governor Reynolds traveled to Washington DC last week to meet with President Trump on growing concerns in the ethanol industry. The Governor was reportedly joined by Senator Grassley and Senator Ernst, along with both senators from South Dakota and Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska.

A significant portion of the corn grown in the United States is used in the production of ethanol. Which is particularly important to the Midwest and other agriculture states. Under current law, oil refineries are required to combine ethanol that meets the Renewable Fuel Standard.


More and more, oil refineries in the United States are receiving waivers from the requirement to combine ethanol with the gasoline they produce. Due to the significant increase in waivers, overall demand for ethanol has decreased.  In turn, that decreases the demand for corn and negatively impacts the grain market for Iowa farmers.

Two ethanol plants located in northwest Iowa were recently forced to shut down temporarily because of the current situation surrounding ethanol production. With similar concerns, other plants across the Midwest have also shut down.

The Governor has said that her talks with the President have been productive, and we appreciate her and our U.S. Senators’ efforts.  Our leaders are working together in D.C. to represent the people of Iowa. The tireless efforts that they are making show their true dedication and care for the people in the state of Iowa.

Renewable fuels have long been a priority here in Iowa. Each year the Legislature provides the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship funding for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program. This program provides grants that will assist retailers in converting their equipment, helping them to expand their usage of renewable fuels across Iowa.

Agriculture and our rural communities remain a vital component to the success of our state so it is critical that we do what we can to support policies that benefit rural Iowa. This is especially important in the midst of the current trade negotiations.

With harvest just around the corner, it is a crucial time for Iowa farmers to have strong markets. We need to continue to support hardworking farmers across our state.

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