Farm Bureau Supports Bipartisan Renewable Fuels Bill

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) applauded the House for passing HF 2754, which establishes a Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for Iowa. The bill now moves to the Senate.

“This bill illustrates what can happen when groups work together for the greater good,” said Craig Lang, IFBF President. “Farm Bureau members throughout Iowa want to achieve the highest level of renewable fuels use possible. HF 2754 is both aggressive and achievable and will help move Iowa one step closer to energy independence.” The bill has received widespread bipartisan support from other groups including the Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Cattlemen Association, Iowa Institute of Cooperatives, Agribusiness Association of Iowa, Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa, the Iowa Motor Truck Association and John Deere. “We all want to see Iowa take a leadership role in renewable fuels,” said Dawn Carlson, Executive Director of the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa. “But in order for us to do that, we need to build the infrastructure and be able to sustain it for the long-term. HF 2754 can help us achieve that goal for the benefit of all Iowa.” The bill includes four key components advocated by Farm Bureau members throughout Iowa: 1. An aggressive and achievable RFS for ethanol and biodiesel. 2. An aggressive incentive program that focuses on moving retailers to sell and consumers to buy more renewable fuels. 3. Establishes accountability mechanisms to keep the state moving forward to achieve the RFS. 4. Creates an infrastructure board to oversee the distribution of infrastructure assistance (in the form of a grant for both ethanol and biodiesel). “Ethanol and biodiesel are not just good for agriculture, they are also good for Iowa,” said Lang. “We have an opportunity to really put Iowa on the map, grow new industries for the state and lead our nation in energy development. It’s imperative that we work together to ensure that an aggressive, achievable bill addressing renewable fuels is passed this year.”

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