Local

Iowa Senator To Push Renewables In Meeting With EPA Chief

Iowa Senator To Push Renewables In Meeting With EPA Chief

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley will be visiting with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy at a meeting today looking at the Renewable Fuel Standard and her recent proposal to drop the volume requirements for 2014.  Grassley says he’ll be pushing the EPA Chief on the importance of renewables, the need to boost them and ask her to back him and several other elected officials challenging the oil industry on the RFS issue.

Grassley and others are concerned that the oil industry is dragging their feet on providing enough gas to be blended into higher grades of ethanol. He says at today’s meeting he’ll also try and convince President Obama that he needs to weigh in on the RFS debate.

He says renewable fuels have many important benefits including they’re good for jobs in rural America, good for the environment and national security as well as for farmers income and the balance of trade because we import less oil. He says he’ll also repeat the invitation to the EPA chief to come to Iowa and hold an RFS hearing.

Recent Headlines

in Agriculture

CEO of Growth Energy Steps Down

Fresh
ethanol plant

Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis announced Friday he’s stepping down as Chief Executive officer of the organization that lobby’s on renewable fuel issues.

in Agriculture

Iowa Senator Calls for Review of Cargill Deal

Fresh
pork chop 1

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley wants the U.S. Justice Department’s Anti Trust Division to review the proposed acquisition by JBS of Cargill Pork.

in Agriculture

Short Term Highway Bill Not Ideal

Fresh
Road Construction

Before adjourning for the August recess last week, the U.S. House passed a short term extension of the highway bill.

in Agriculture

Ag Secretary Considering a Poultry Disaster Program

Fresh
eggs

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack wants Congress to consider a disaster program for poultry producers, similar to what’s in place for livestock producers.

in Agriculture

Commodity Futures Trading Commission Funding in the Air

Fresh
washingtondc

The chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Mike Conaway, says he’ll fight any increase in funding for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.