Steve Nelson was one of several Nebraskans who testified at the recent EPA hearing on the Renewable Fuels Standard in Kansas City.
“The message was clear that the proposed changes to the RFS from EPA are not what both Congress intended and what would really be best for the rural economy and the economy of our country,” Nelson says.
Nelson says he emphasized the synergy that exists between corn, cattle and ethanol in the state, a combination that he says has bolstered Nebraska’s rural economy and lifted Nebraska’s economy as a whole.
In May, EPA proposed modifications to reduce the blending requirements for ethanol below levels established by Congress in the RFS.
There are 24 ethanol plants in Nebraska that produce a total of more than two-billion gallons each year. Nebraska is the nation’s #2 producer of corn-based ethanol, behind only Iowa.
By Ken Anderson, Brownfield Radio Network