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Take Corn Out of the RFS Equation

Monday, November 18, 2013

North American Meat Association has joined a coalition urging that the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) be reformed through elimination of the mandate for corn-based ethanol. 

“We support the efforts of Senator Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Coburn (R-OK) to pass the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2013,” said NAMA CEO Barry Carpenter. “This bipartisan legislation will create a level playing field for the agricultural feed supply.” 

The current standard has proved inflexible and damaging even under the most extreme circumstances. During 2012, when the U.S. experienced one of its worst droughts, there was no adjustment to the rigid RFS. The result was significant economic hardship for America’s livestock producers. 

The commonsense approach taken by Senators Feinstein and Coburn would maintain the cellulosic and advanced biofuel mandates, providing the incentive for the development of next generation biofuels that do not rely on food-based feedstocks. 

The coalition of livestock and poultry organizations, including NAMA, is calling on Congress to support this overhaul of the RFS. The time for Congress to act is now! Remove the corn-based ethanol mandate and allow the free market to determine the best use of our valuable food supply.

With representatives in the United States, Canada and Mexico, and a community of more than 600 companies, North American Meat Association provides its members exceptional regulatory advocacy, educational opportunities, and a spirit of partnership that is unique in the industry. 

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