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Nebraska Leaders Hail President Trump’s Ethanol Announcement

Governor Pete Ricketts: “Ensuring RVOs do not go below 15 billion gallons and expanding access to E15 will bolster the RFS and ethanol production at a critical time for our nation’s rural economy, which has been suffering from low commodity prices.  Thank you to President Trump for taking these important steps for ethanol and our great farm families!”

Lt. Governor Mike Foley: “As the second largest ethanol producing state in the nation, President Trump’s ethanol announcement is a big deal for Nebraska.  These new initiatives will create more opportunity for our farmers, and ensure the RFS remains robust.”

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer: “In my discussions with the president, I fought hard for a fair deal for Nebraska’s farmers and ethanol producers.  I thank the president for following through on his commitment to rural America.  Today’s announcement means more certainty for families, businesses, and communities across the Good Life.”

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse: “This is good news for Nebraska farmers and producers.  The President and I have talked repeatedly about how important it is for our farmers to have clarity, and I’m glad that he’s focused on this issue.  This is a tough time for agriculture but Nebraskans are grateful that the EPA is committed to E-15 being available year-around and following the law when it comes to small refinery exemptions.  Nebraskans deserve this.”

U.S. Congressman Adrian Smith: “The RFS has been widely successful, bipartisan, and benefits producers and consumers alike.  I am glad the President took action to rectify the hardships RFS waivers granted by the EPA have created.  This action restores credibility to the RFS consistent with congressional intent and compliments the President’s action to expand E-15.”

Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Steve Wellman: “We are pleased with the Trump administration’s decision to reallocate waived gallons of ethanol and allow expanded access to E15.  With fall harvest currently underway, this decision is a welcomed update for Nebraska's corn producers and a much-needed step in the right direction for our state's ethanol industry."

Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson: “We appreciate President Trump and the administration taking progressive steps to address the concerns of Nebraska farmers regarding the promotion and further development of domestic ethanol and biofuels.  The administration’s announcement that it will ensure the blending of 15 billion gallons of ethanol in our nation’s fuel supply by 2020 is welcome news in farm country and music to the ears of our farm families who rely on the biofuels industry as a critical market for our homegrown corn, soybeans, and other commodities.  Equally important to the future of biofuels is the administration’s actions and commitment to create opportunities for moving U.S. biofuels into international markets as announced with this deal.  We thank President Trump for his actions, Gov. Ricketts, as well as the Nebraska Congressional delegation, for helping get us to this point, especially Sen. Deb Fischer and Congressman Adrian Smith who have championed the need for action to provide certainty to farmers in this critical market.”

Nebraska Corn Growers Association President Dan Nerud: “We’ve been waiting for a reallocation of waived gallons for a long time.  To say we were upset with the refinery waivers is an understatement, so today’s announcement is welcome news.  We’re very happy with today’s announcement.”

Nebraska Corn Board Chairman Dave Bruntz: “I’m extremely excited with today’s announcement.  Today’s news just goes to show what our growers can achieve when our voices are unified.  Thanks to all of Nebraska and our nation’s corn farmers who rallied together to ensure we have vibrant corn and ethanol industries for years to come.”

Nebraska Ethanol Board Chairman Jan tenBensel: “The wait for this decision has been agonizing, especially for Nebraska farmers and biofuel producers struggling in today’s industry.  Thank you to the White House for listening, and, to our Congressional delegates for working tirelessly to ensure our voices are heard.  As you contemplate how this decision will unfold, hear this: our life’s work is to take the land we are privileged to call home and nurture it to sustain the masses.  The decisions made today impacts the now and the future.  Thank you for recognizing the importance of the biofuel industry and your commitment to its prosperity.”