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Raise your voice on the RFS

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A deal previously touted as a win for farmers, the EPA's new proposal now seeks to undermine the integrity of the RFS. (Photo: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association)
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The Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposed rule intended to restore the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard. It does no such thing. Instead, the proposal runs counter to what President Trump agreed to when he met just last month with Midwest ag and elected officials. It’s not what EPA promised.

If left unchallenged, the rule will further gut the RFS, kill even more demand for soybeans and biodiesel and shutter additional biofuels facilities. The situation is critical.

We need you to act. Right now.

It is critical that soybean farmers immediately rise up and raise their voices. Given many of you are in the fields, the most efficient and effective way is to use your phone and computers. Post and share messages via social media, send e-mails and contact elected leaders and biofuels champions urging action!

To optimize the effectiveness of posting to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc., be sure to “tag” President Trump (@realDonaldTrump), Andrew Wheeler (@EPAAWheeler) and U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue (@SecretarySonny) and use the hashtag #RFSworks in all messaging.

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Tell the EPA to Support a Strong RFS

Iowa farmers raising their voices on this issue:
Tim Bardole, Rippey soybean farmer, ISA President
Dave Walton, Wilton soybean farmer, ISA Treasurer and Iowa Biodiesel Board member
Pat Swanson, Ottumwa soybean farmer, ISA District 9 Director

Additional background:
Listen: ISA Director of Public Affairs Michael Dolch gives listeners a background on what the RFS is and how Small Refinery Waivers impact the soybean farmer. He also details what farmers can do to take action during the EPA comment period, to help give some certainty back to farmers and rural communities. Watch: Remarks made by President Trump and Secretary Perdue regarding the RFS in Oct. 21, 2019 Cabinet Meeting (via C-SPAN)
Read: Ag and Biofuels Groups Thank Gov. Reynolds for Defending Them Against EPA False Narrative
Read: Biofuels groups dismayed over EPA backtracking
Read: EPA Undercuts President’s Promise to Restore Lost Biodiesel Gallons through RFS

Need more information?
Farmers with additional questions or comments can contact Grant Kimberley (, Michael Dolch ( or Aaron Putze (

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