RFS Reform Act Proposal Would Eliminate Biofuels Mandate

RFS Reform Act proposal would eliminate biofuels mandate

Greg Henderson, Editor, Associate Publisher, Drovers CattleNetwork

“Legislation was proposed Wednesday by four U.S. Congressmen that would ease what they believe are the impacts of the ethanol mandate “and protect consumers, energy producers, livestock producers, food manufacturers, retailers and the U.S. economy.”

The Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act, introduced by Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Jim Costa (D-Calif.), Steve Womack (R-Ark.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.), would eliminate the biofuels mandate, beginning in 2014, and rescind the requirements of blending up to 15 percent ethanol into the fuel supply. The proposal would prohibit corn-based ethanol from being used to meet the RFS, and reduce the total size of the RFS by 42 percent over the next nine years.

A coalition of 13 food groups expressed support for the proposed legislation which they believe will protect food makers and consumers from unnecessary food price increases.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) also issued a statement in support of the legislation.

“Cattlemen and women are self-reliant, but in order to maintain that we cannot be asked to compete with federal mandates like the Renewable Fuels Standard for the limited supply of feed grains,” said NCBA Policy vice-chair Craig Uden, an Elwood, Neb., cattle feeder. “In light of the worst drought to hit our country in over 50 years and the ever increasing renewable mandates, we are seeing many of our members not only failing to profit, but taking a loss.”

Chuck Carlson adds: This is promising legislation, but it needs a lot of encouragement. Ethanol is not just about cattle feed. The unnatural demand for corn created by the mandates have cause every other food product that has a grain base to rise in price. Farmers have switched to corn farming to get in on the artificially high price of corn, and raise less ob everything else we eat, which has adversely affected the price of everything we call food, from rice and bread to chicken and beef. And since ethanol is an inferior fuel, it make driving that much more expensive. Read our four year old paper,