Soybean producers were among the thousands of individuals and organizations submitting letters to the EPA during the 60-day comment period that ended Jan. 28.

“We will continue to pound Capitol Hill, write letters and encourage other farmers to contact their representatives in Congress to explain the detrimental effects this proposal could have,” Cunningham says.

Bainbridge points out that farmers helped grow the biodiesel industry and that USB checkoff dollars have gone toward educating the public about the fuel’s value.

“Biodiesel is important throughout the economy,” Bainbridge says. “And it’s important to point out that our work in developing demand for biodiesel also kept soybean meal prices lower for livestock producers.”

Input from soybean growers, people in the biodiesel industry and others could pay off.

“EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said publicly that she has heard the concerns of biofuels stakeholders and that the final rule will reflect that,” Steckel says. At the same time, the NBB has not received indications that the agency is adjusting the proposal.

“While we are pleased that the agency is listening, we are also urging all biodiesel supporters to maintain their advocacy to ensure that the administration continues to hear about the very real damage this proposal would cause,” Steckel adds. “We certainly think that setting a biodiesel volume for 2014 that is consistent with last year’s production represents manageable growth in the RFS.”