President Trump announced that he will move forward with year-round sales of E15 ethanol fuel blends. He made the announcement ahead of a visit to Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says, “We sincerely appreciate President Trump’s steadfast commitment to rural America. Nationwide E15 sales promise to drive demand for two billion bushels of American corn and help restore growth in rural communities hit hardest by the downturn in farm income. America’s farmers and rural workers are eager to see the President’s agenda for rural growth succeed, and today was a critical part of completing that mission.”
In a release from the Indiana Corn Growers Association, DeKalb County farmer and ICGA President Sarah Delbecq said, “Every dollar that can be spent domestically on a bushel of corn is valuable to all American corn growers. This is great for all U.S. corn growers, but especially good news for Hoosiers because we have many biorefineries in the state. This definitely increases the demand and value of our crop.”
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement:
“This is another case of ‘Promises Made, Promises Kept’ for President Trump. Expanding the sale of E15 year-round is sound policy for a variety of reasons. Consumers will have more choices when they fill up at the pump, including environmentally friendly fuel with decreased emissions. It is also an excellent way to use our high corn productivity and improved yields. Year-round sale of E15 will increase demand for corn, which is obviously good for growers. This has been a years-long fight and is another victory for our farm and rural economies. Along with E15 expansion, we also welcome much-needed reforms to the RIN market, which will also increase transparency.
“President Trump has again made it abundantly clear that he is unleashing the full potential of American energy production as we retake our rightful place as the world’s leader. I thank President Trump for his steadfast support of E15 expansion, while also acknowledging the close working relationship we’ve developed with Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. I look forward to working with the EPA to see rulemaking and year-round E15 completed by the driving season of 2019.”