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March 26, 2001

NCGA's Corn Board Tells Policymakers to Bolster the Future Viability Of Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Board effectively conveyed the farm group's message on ethanol to top policymakers this week in Washington: Just say no to the California ethanol waiver and incorporate a renewable fuel standard in any national energy policy.

Corn Board members met with USDA Secretary Ann Veneman, EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman and Kyle McSlarrow, chief of staff to Energy Secretary Abraham, and senior officials of the National Economic Council at the White House. NCGA's grower leaders also met with key Hill leaders. At each meeting, the corn industry unwaveringly reiterated the farmers' support for ethanol.

NCGA believes that ethanol must remain a viable value-added product for corn farmers, and to that end the State of California's request for a waiver from the oxygenate standard must be denied. Currently, more than 100 ethanol plants nationwide are in the planning stages; unfortunately, many of these plans are on hold, due to uncertainty on the part of grower-investors of the direction of federal policy.

NCGA also asserts that any federal energy strategy must include renewable energy sources such as ethanol. Corn growers point out that corn-derived ethanol uses a domestically produced, renewable energy source that is immune to manipulation by foreign governments or cartels. And the industry can supply the volume of ethanol required by even the largest consumer states such as California, which needs an estimated 600 million gallons annually.
 

 

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