GET PLUGGED IN. PROTECT YOUR CORN MARKETS AND YOUR FARM’S PROFITABILITY.
- IL Corn comments to the docket can be found by clicking here, here, and here.
- Listen to a recording of our telephone town hall meeting by clicking here!
- Print our new infographic fact sheet
- Print talking points
WHAT’S GOING ON WITH MY ETHANOL MARKET? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s November 15 announcement to cut the amount of corn ethanol required under the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard by 10 percent will affect corn prices and rural economies. Essentially, this reduces the ethanol market for your corn. Fewer market opportunities mean lower corn prices. Lower corn prices mean less farmer investment in rural economies.
HOW DO I GET PLUGGED IN? The EPA deadline for comments ended on January 28. So now, we wait for the EPA to evaluate your comments and the letters from the elected officials that represent you to make a more informed decision on how much ethanol retailers will be required to use in 2014. In the meantime, there are opportunities for you to make a difference in the ethanol market in Illinois. Stay tuned for more information on how you can help Illinois move E15 into the marketplace!
HOW DID ILLINOIS GET ENGAGED? As a state, we submitted 1,069 comments to the EPA docket in support of ethanol. The comments submitted on behalf of your association are listed below. We also engaged Senator Dick Durbin (a leader in the Democratic party) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (a democrat representative with six ethanol plants in her district) who provided excellent leadership for our state, asking the administration to reconsider.
Illinois Corn conducted a telephone town hall meeting, where 11,440 of you plugged in to learn more about the threat to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and ethanol. Click here to listen if you missed that call.
As a whole, Illinois really pulled together to make a difference on this issue. Now, we sit back and hope for the results we were after.
WHAT DID IL CORN DO TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE? Your leadership represented you on this issue during an EPA hearing in Washington, DC. On December 5, your President Gary Hudson of Hindsboro and your Vice President Kenny Hartman of Waterloo testified in Washington, DC along with Dr. Steffen Mueller, University of Illinois Chicago and John Caupert, CEO of the National Corn to Ethanol Research Center.
Other leaders of your association are speaking out in local media outlets to try to get farmers plugged in and motivated to act on this issue.
IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE, check out these more current articles and resources to help you get your friends and neighbors plugged in!
RENEWABLE FUEL RECHARGES AMERICA (Fact Sheet)
GET PLUGGED IN: TAKE ACTION TO MAINTAIN ETHANOL MARKETS (Jan 3, 2014)
IL FARMERS TESTIFY AT EPA HEARING; SUPPORT ETHANOL MARKETS (Dec. 5, 2013)
IS THE EPA'S PROPOSED RULE OVERSTEPPING THEIR AUTHORITY? (Nov. 25, 2013)
EPA REDUCES CORN BASED ETHANOL VOLUME OBLIGATIONS FOR 2014 (Nov. 15, 2013)
TELL WASHINGTON: DON'T GUT THE RFS (National Corn Growers Association)
EPA'S 2014 RENEWABLE VOLUME OBLIGATIONS (Iowa Corn Growers Association)
IL CORN AD IN FARMWEEK AND AGRINEWS (December 2013)
IL CORN POSTCARD TO MEMBERSHIP (EPA) (December 2013)
IL CORN POSTCARD TO MEMBERSHIP (OUTLET) (January 2014)