Thousands of Letters in Opposition to EPA Proposal to be Sent
Lincoln – The Nebraska Corn Board has received over 5,000 letters in opposition to the recent Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision on a proposal to cut back on the amount of corn ethanol in our nation's fuel supply.
The proposal would cut 1.4 billion gallons of ethanol in 2014 from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) passed by Congress.
In early January, the Nebraska Corn Board sent out letters to Nebraska farmers alerting them of EPA's actions and included a letter to EPA that farmers could sign. These letters were returned to the Corn Board and the Board will forward them to the EPA by January 28.
To date, just over 5,000 letters have been returned, many with personal messages expressing the need to keep a strong renewable fuel industry.
"This is the greatest grassroots response in the history of the corn checkoff program since its implementation in 1978," said Don Hutchens, executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board.
The Corn Board fears that the EPA's proposal, if put in place, would cause corn prices to drop, cut several thousand jobs, and could have a negative impact on rural communities that depend on a strong agricultural economy.
The Board also distributed nearly 10,000 postcards throughout Nebraska where the recipient was asked to write a personal message and drop it in the mail to EPA. They also had the option of commenting online through a link provided by the Nebraska Corn Board's website, www.nebraskacorn.org.
The corn board will forward the entire stack of letters on Friday and other states have mounted similar efforts.
Meanwhile, senators Johanns and Fischer signed on to a senate letter and governor Heineman joined other governors voicing concerns with a joint letter.