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Bardole echoes calls by Sens. Ernst, Grassley for Administration to Stand Strong on RFS

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Iowa Soybean Association President Tim Bardole joined other ag leaders in reinforcing Sen Joni Ernst's strong support of the RFS. (Photo: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association)

By Aaron Putze, APR, ISA senior director of information & education

Sen. Joni Ernst urged President Trump Thursday to stand with farmers and the Renewable Fuel Standard in the face of additional pressures from the oil lobby.

In a letter sent to the White House Thursday, Ernst called on the administration to immediately reject the requests for a waiver of the RFS under Section 211(o)(7) of the Clean Air Act. The wavier was recently received by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from five state governors.

“Biofuels lower fuel prices, create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the new energy economy and provide an important market for farmers,” Ernst penned. “They also cut our reliance on foreign oil, reduce emissions and harmful air pollutants, and provide critical inputs to our food supply.”

The bipartisan letter, co-signed by Sens. Charles Grassley, Tina Smith (D-MN) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), underscored the economic strain being placed on America’s farmers due to the global health pandemic. Waiving the RFS, they wrote, would exacerbate the effects experienced by the biofuel sector as a result of COVID-19, “causing far-reaching detrimental impacts on employment, farmers, food security, fuel prices, and the environment.”

Iowa Soybean Association President Tim Bardole joined other ag leaders, associations and industry stakeholders in reinforcing Ernst’s strong support of the RFS.

The soybean, grain and livestock farmers from Rippey says farmers are already enduring severe and unprecedented economic hardship. Endless legal and political maneuverings by the oil lobby to undercut the RFS only exacerbates the pain.

“Maintaining a strong RFS provides critical domestic demand for soybean oil, much-needed stability for rural communities and a pathway to economic recovery for our great country,” he says. “Soybean farmers recognize Sen. Ernst for standing strong against repeated efforts to diminish the RFS. And we join her in urging the Administration to reject any and all efforts that undermine the RFS and U.S. agriculture.”

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