Earlier this week at an appearance in Council Bluffs, Iowa, President Donald Trump stated his support for lifting restrictions on ethanol use in gasoline. The Illinois Farm Bureau responded positively to the President's announcement in a statement released on Wednesday.
“For more than a decade, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has created jobs, boosted the rural Illinois economy, and helped clean the air. But Illinois farmers have been frustrated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent actions, which have not only undermined the RFS but also softened market demand for both ethanol and corn.
“During this time of low commodity prices and market uncertainty, Illinois Farm Bureau applauds President Trump’s timely announcement today paving the way for year-round blending of E-15.
“Allowing summer sales of E-15 gives consumers greater choice at the pump, reverses economic damage caused by EPA’s waivers and signals a strong message of support to our nation’s farmers.
“Illinois Farm Bureau would like to thank the members of Illinois’ Congressional delegation who have urged the administration to make these changes and looks forward to seeing them implemented.”