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Cline adds IFB voice to ethanol talks

Indiana Farm Bureau national policy advisor Kyle Cline was in Washington, D.C., April 8-10 to meet with congressional leaders to highlight the important role ethanol plays in reducing our dependence on foreign oil and providing new economic opportunities for farmers, rural communities, and the entire nation.

He joined Growth Energy members including representatives from Indiana ethanol facilities and Indiana Corn Marketing Council along with the organization’s CEO, Tom Buis, for a series of meetings with congressional leaders and staff.

The pro-ethanol group discussed the current state of the industry, stressing the importance of protecting the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and increasing market access for E15, a fuel blended with 15 percent ethanol.

“Our message on Capitol Hill was clear – the RFS is working and there is no need for Congress to repeal or reform this successful energy policy,” said Cline. “I was proud to represent Indiana’s farmers and show support for the ethanol industry in meetings with our leaders in Washington.”

America’s energy independence and economic prosperity are directly tied to the renewable fuels industry. Face-to-face meetings with lawmakers are an important opportunity for them to hear directly about the issues that matter most and the local impacts of regulatory changes.

“It’s crucial that our representatives in Washington understand the benefits of ethanol – that it creates Hoosier jobs, keeps gas prices down and contributes to our rural economies,”said IFB president Don Villwock. “Kyle works with our lawmakers to help them understand this important issue, but it’s even more important that they hear from you, their constituents back home, about how the EPA’s volume reductions will impact your farming operation.”

You can learn more about the RFS and E15 at http://www.growthenergy.org/.

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