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Voice RFS level concerns at protecttherfs.com

ProtectTheRFS.com was recently launched to collect comments from farmers and other stakeholders on EPA's proposal to reduce the amounts of biofuel to be blended into gasoline for 2014.

If biofuels have helped improve your income and your community, tell Washington -- now. There’s a petition online at ProtectTheRFS.com, a new website launched by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds. The website is designed to voice concerns about the EPA’s proposal to reduce RFS levels for 2014. If you have a website, you might add a link to it.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) points out that consumers, farmers and renewable fuel producers will be harmed if the EPA’s proposal moves forward. In a news release issued by the IRFA, Governor Branstad stated that Iowa’s economy and family farms will suffer as a result of the proposal. “Corn prices have already dropped to the cost of production, and this will likely further squeeze corn producers and negatively impact income growth in rural America.”

Governor Branstad will join Senator Chuck Grassley tomorrow, November 22, at Lincolnway Energy, Nevada, Iowa, to shed light on the negative impact of the EPA’s proposal. The “Defend the RFS” event is being organized by the Iowa RFS Coalition, and starts at 1:00 p.m. For more information, contact Monte Shaw at IRFA, Tel. 515-252-6249. mshaw@IowaRFA.org.

The event will also feature representatives from the ethanol and biodiesel industry, and the Iowa Corn Growers.  

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