Renewable Fuels Policy
EPA Announces New Renewable Fuel Standard - February 5, 2010
The following statement was issued by NMPF in response to EPA's new Renewable Fuel Standard:
"While the National Milk Producers Federation shares a strong desire to reduce our demand for foreign based fuel and increase domestic renewable fuels, we are concerned by the new Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) issued by EPA this week.
The rule will increase demand for corn based ethanol, which will in turn drive up feed costs, causing more financial stress to America’s dairy farmers. NMPF would prefer additional investments in cellulosic biofuels that minimize the struggle between producing feed for animals and renewable energy for the country."
For more information about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2), please visit the EPA website.
NMPF joined seven other animal agriculture groups in sending a letter to Secretary Ed Schafer urging him to not extend rural development loans to ethanol plants that bought corn at the higher prices that prevailed earlier in the year. If the ethanol industry were to be supported by the U.S. government, the letter stated that it "would be a startling new development that discriminates in favor of one segment of American agriculture."