Last week, the Illinois Corn Growers Association, in conjunction with many other state agricultural associations, university professors and agribusinesses, submitted comments to the EPA regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard II.
As a group, ICGA notes that the data used to develop these rules is outdated, inaccurate, and needs much closer examination and revision.
"As a farmer, I recognize that our yields are increasing at an exponential rate every single year, but the EPA doesn't seem to understand that," says Rob Elliott, President of the Illinois Corn Growers Association. "The data is there, but they are unwilling to recognize the hard proof that US corn farmers are continually growing more with less."
According to Elliott, projections from the USDA, seed companies and producers indicate yield increases that will more than provide for our future biofuels needs as well as the food, feed, and fiber needs of a growing world population.
Co-signers on the submitted comments were Illinois Corn Growers Association, Illinois Renewable Fuels Association, Illinois Soybean Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Kentucky Soybean Association, Lallemand Ethanol Technology, Missouri Soybean Association, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Monsanto Corporation, National Corn to Ethanol Research Center, Nebraska Corn Board, Novozymes North America, Ohio Soybean Association, South Dakota Soybean Association, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, and US Grains Council.