United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in Boone, Iowa
On Wednesday (8/29), farmers and members of the renewable fuels industry came together at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa to welcome and thank Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue for his support of America’s farmers.
The rally was held to ask Perdue to keep fighting for ethanol and RVP parity for higher ethanol blends with the administration. RVP is an outdated regulation known as Reid Vapor Pressure which is is preventing drivers from accessing more affordable, cleaner burning biofuel blends and capping American farmers’ access to domestic grain markets.
National Corn Growers Association President and North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes said,
Farmers are looking for solutions that allow the marketplace to drive demand. We ask Secretary Purdue to continue to advocate for solutions that come from demand growth. We know a trade assistance package can’t make farmers whole or substitute for lost export markets. But we also know the Administration could take other meaningful, no-cost actions that enable more demand growth. The time for those actions is now.
Skunes went on to tell the crowd that RVP parity for blends greater than 10 percent, such as E15, expands a domestic market for farmers. Action from the Administration enables President Trump to follow through on his commitments to eliminate this outdated regulatory restriction, supporting rural America as well as all consumers.