EPA Favors Oil Industry Over Soybean Farmers in Final RFS Ruling

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

12/19/19

“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.”

The Iowa Soybean Association (www.iasoybeans.com) is “Driven To Deliver” increased soybean demand through market development and new uses, farmer-focused research and results, timely information and know-how and policy initiatives enabling farmers and the industry to flourish. Founded in 1964 by farmers to serve farmers, ISA is governed by a board of 22 farmers to advocate on behalf of the state’s 40,000 soybean producers, including more than 12,000 ISA farmer members and industry stakeholders.