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Ethanol Board, Elected Officials Praise E-15 Announcement
Nebraska Ag Connection - 10/10/2018

Governor Pete Ricketts, the Nebraska Ethanol Board, and commodity groups praised news that President Trump had directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to approve the use of E15 year around.

"Thank you to President Trump for directing the EPA to commence the rulemaking process to approve the year-round sale of E15," said Governor Pete Ricketts. "Year-round sale of E15 is great news for Nebraska and our farm families as we continue to work to meet the challenge presented by low corn and soybean prices. More consumption of E15 will increase demand for our commodities and expand the use of cleaner-burning fuel by American consumers."

This decision by the administration is in response to requests the State of Nebraska has been making, and delivers on a promise made by President Trump earlier this year.

"With this announcement, President Trump is showing his commitment to value-added agriculture, which strengthens local, state and national economies," said Sarah Caswell, Administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board. "Once E15 is approved for sale year-round, across the country, Nebraska ethanol stakeholders will have more opportunities to produce, buy and sell this proven, cheaper and cleaner fuel."

"As a corn farmer and dedicated ethanol customer, I applaud the President's support in increasing the availability of increased ethanol blends," said Dan Wesely, President of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association and farmer from Morse Bluff. "By allowing for year-round sales of E15, consumers will soon experience the benefits of fueling with a locally-produced product, such as cleaner air, higher octane ratings and more money in their wallets."

"E15 is the most tested fuel ever," said David Bruntz, Chairman of the Nebraska Corn Board and farmer from Friend. "Today's announcement by President Trump is a win for corn farmers, the rural economy, motorists and anybody that likes to breathe clean air. I want to thank President Trump, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, and our Nebraska congressional delegation who have been unwavering in their support to rural Nebraska and our corn and ethanol industries."

Currently, E15 can be marketed September 16th through April 30th. A final rule from the EPA would allow E15 to be sold all year long.

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the Senate Agriculture Committee, joined Trump at the White House to announce that he has directed the EPA to initiate a rulemaking allowing for E-15 to be sold year-round. Fischer released the following statement after today's announcement:

"The sale of E-15 year round is a big deal for Nebraska farmers, renewable fuel producers, and rural communities. This announcement combined with the USMCA, the South Korea trade agreement, and the start of trade talks with Japan are all signs that we are moving in the right direction. I thank President Trump for his efforts on behalf of our producers."

Senator Fischer has long advocated for the sale of E-15 year-round. In 2017, she joined Senators Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in introducing the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act. The bill would have extended the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to ethanol blends above 10 percent. This would increase market access opportunities for higher blends of ethanol and allow retailers across the country to sell E-15 and other higher ethanol-gasoline fuel blends year-round.

Nebraska ranks second in the nation in biofuel production. The states has 25 operating ethanol plants, which produce more than 2 billion gallons of renewable fuel annually and have created more than 1,300 good paying jobs in Nebraska's rural communities.

Also, Nebraska ranks first in the nation for a number of cattle on feed, a direct result of the ethanol byproduct, distillers grains.

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