Corn Grower President Dittrich Tells Congress to Move on Renewable Fuels And Ethanol

American Corn Growers Association calls on Congress to promote the use of ethanol as way to reduce corn surplus, clean the air and help struggling farmers.

Published: 25-Oct-2000

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Keith Dittrich, American Corn Growers Association (ACGA) President, in a letter to Congressional leadership, is urging movement on ethanol legislation before Congress adjourns for the elections.

In the letter to Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS), Dittrich said, "During this time of soaring energy prices and corn oversupplies, the United States has the opportunity to expand ethanol usage while cleaning the air we breathe ... Renewable fuels legislation has bipartisan support ... Farmers want to know what is holding up action on this timely legislation.

"The American Corn Growers Association (ACGA) supports a new national energy policy that ends our dependence on imported oil by increasing the use of ethanol-blended fuels. Currently, the U.S. dependence on foreign oil is hurting our overall economy. At the same time, millions of bushels of excess corn are piling up at elevators and on farms across the country. Passing legislation to create a renewable fuels standard for gasoline is the best way to address both of these conditions in a comprehensive way," said Dittrich, a Tilden, Nebraska grain farmer.

"A renewable fuels standard for gasoline would provide significant economic benefits to U.S. farmers. It needs to be drafted to increase the demand for ethanol by requiring a certain percentage of all motor fuels to be renewable. A renewable fuels standard would increase investment in corn- ethanol facilities. The increase in the demand for corn for ethanol would also strengthen corn markets and provide added income to cash-strapped farmers," he said.

Renewable energy could be important to national energy security and a national clean air strategy. A national renewable fuels standard could be established that requires expanded use of domestically produced renewable energy. This rural development plan would increase construction of ethanol production facilities with greater farm input.

ACGA supports the renewable fuels sections of S. 2962, which has moved through Senate Committees, and is being considered in last minute discussions on various appropriations bills.

The American Corn Growers Association (ACGA) represents corn producers in 28 states. ACGA's Board of Directors consists exclusively of corn producers representing farmer interests.

SOURCE American Corn Growers Association

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