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EPA favors oil industry over soybean farmers in final RFS ruling

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A worker climbs prepares to fill a tanker with biodiesel earlier this year at the REG facility in Newton, IA. (Photo: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association)

Statement Courtesy of ISA President Tim Bardole who farms near Rippey, Iowa

“Today’s announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) places the oil industry ahead of soybean farmers. It was a missed opportunity to bring additional certainty and profitability to Iowa agriculture and the nation’s soybean growers. The biodiesel industry will continue to face an uphill climb with today’s news.

“Iowa farmers continue to show greater commitment to renewable fuels. Nearly two thirds of Iowa soybean farmers utilize biodiesel in their operations. We are doing our part, EPA needs to do their part.

“Today’s final rule isn’t what the administration agreed to with biofuel champions in the Oval office. Going forward, we won’t stand down and will remain vigilant to ensure EPA’s abiding by the Department of Energy’s recommendations to help uphold the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard law.

“We must also work toward higher volumes for biodiesel in years to come, to drive increased demand for soybean oil and lift up prices for growers that will help revitalize America’s rural economies.”

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