May 6, 2009

Corn growers urge support of ethanol waiver

The Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Corn Growers Association have teamed up to urge farmers in the state to submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency in favor of increasing the blend limit of ethanol in gasoline. See this news release.

EPA began accepting comments on the request to increase the ethanol blend rate from 10 percent ethanol (e10) to up to 15 percent ethanol April 2 - but the comment period was limited to 30 days (May 21). (Right in the middle of planting season!).

Jon Holzfaster, chairman of the Nebraska Corn Board and a farmer from Paxton, said because of the short window the groups wanted to find ways to make it easy for farmers to comment.

One of those ways comes in the form of a yellow postcard-sized mailer being sent to farmers in the state. Growers can simply unfold the mailer, tear off the return postcard, complete a few lines of information and drop it in the mail. Postage is already paid.

They will start arriving in mailboxes over the next week.

Farmers and others can also visit the two groups’ websites – or – where there are links that go to an online comment form setup by the National Corn Growers Association.

Brandon Hunnicutt, president of NeCGA and a farmer from Giltner, said the online form can be completed in less than a minute, and can also be customized to each farmer’s thoughts and ideas.

The form can also be completed with a web-enabled phone right from the tractor cab.

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