Loebsack Submits Comments to EPA on RFS Proposal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 16:03

Says RFS proposal would hurt Iowa’s rural communities, cost thousands of jobs

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about the unacceptable proposed renewable fuels volume obligations (RVOs) for the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Since the rule was first proposed last year, Loebsack has been leading the fight to highlight the importance of the RFS to Iowa’s farmers, rural communities and economy. Loebsack has met with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and led a delegation of his colleagues in calling for a meeting with the White House to personally deliver Iowans’ message. He also joined Governor Branstad in hosting "Hearing in the Heartland: Supporting the Renewable Fuel Standard,” which gave all Iowans an opportunity to have their voices heard. Today is the final day that the EPA is accepting comments. Any concerned Iowan is encouraged to submit comments online at or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . All comments should reference Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0479.

“I’ve heard strong concerns from my constituents and from Iowans across the state about the proposed 2014 renewable fuel volume obligations (RVOs) for the Renewable Fuel Standard,” wrote Loebsack. “I strongly believe the RFS is working and is the right policy for Iowa, our country, our farmers, and our rural communities. [They] should not have to solely bear the costs of the inflexibility of Big Oil to control the market and consumer choices. Thank you for your time and consideration, and I once again urge you to reconsider the proposed 2014 RVOs.”

A copy of Loebsack’s comments can be found here.



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Written by Eric Schmeltzer   
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 14:54


WASHINGTON, DC – The largest progressive group of veterans in America,, today was joined by Congressman Bruce Braley in delivering over 110,000 petition signatures (including over 1000 signatures from Iowans) to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, calling on the agency to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  The EPA comment period on the issue is coming to a close, and the agency is expected to announce a decision soon on the future of the RFS.  The petition was delivered in a meeting with EPA Senior Staff.

“The 110,000 people that voiced their opinion on the critical importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard deserve to be heard,” Braley said. “The RFS improves our economy and contributes to our energy independence—and the EPA needs to understand that Americans don’t support their misguided attempt to alter a law that’s working so well.”

“This issue is clear cut,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran, and Chairman of  “The less dependent on oil we are, the lower the prices become worldwide.  Our enemies often benefit from the rising prices of oil – even those we do not buy oil from – and use those dollars against us and our troops.  This is an issue of protecting our men and women in uniform, and the EPA must do its part to ensure America’s dependence on oil is decreased, not increased.  Ethanol is a key part of making that happen.  Now is the time for the EPA to stand up to big oil, and stand up for our troops.”

Of the 112,812 signatures collected, over 35,000 were from veterans and military family members.  More than 1,060 comments were from Iowans, including over 320 Iowa veterans and military family members.

The facts back up those who signed the petition.  Although the United States often does not directly buy oil from hostile nations, like Iran, America’s dependence on oil drives up demand, and prices of oil on the world market, which benefits all oil-rich nations.  Those oil dollars allowed Iran, for instance, to produce and ship Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFPs) to Iraqi insurgents, who used them to target our troops.1

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates for every one billion gallons of ethanol produced, 10,000 to 20,000 jobs are added to our domestic economy.2 According to the Iowa Corn Growers Association, the ethanol Industry supports around 55,000 jobs in Iowa, and accounts for $5.4 billion of Iowa’s GDP.3 Gutting the RFS would threaten the development of next generation biofuels, including cellulosic ethanol plants in Iowa scheduled to start operation next year.  Rather than using kernels of corn, these advanced plants will make the fuel from the “biomass” of various low-value plant material including corn stalks and wood chips.

Founded in 2006,  and backed by over 360,000 supporters, the mission of is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home. also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans' interests in their day-to-day lives. is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world - with force when necessary - to protect America.  While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.








Grassley Statement on Payment Limits/Actively Engaged in Farm and Nutrition Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 14:25

Monday, January 27, 2014

Senator Chuck Grassley made the following statement after seeing text of provisions he championed in the farm and nutrition bill.

“It appears the payment limit and actively engaged reforms, which Congress overwhelming approved, have been watered down to the point they will likely have little to no effect.  It’s bad for agriculture, it’s bad for taxpayers who are worried about the debt, it’s bad for our credibility with trading partners, and it’s bad for the future of farm programs.

“Getting the farm program back to its original intent was supported by a majority of both the House and the Senate.  It’s one of the few areas where Republicans and Democrats have come together.  Yet, a select few are allowing the farm program to be exploited by putting wealthy, so-called farmers ahead of small- and medium-sized farms and young and beginning farmers.  This is an example of why Congress has a 12 percent approval rating.”

Loebsack Leads Call for Meeting with the White House to Discuss RFS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vonnie Hampel   
Friday, 24 January 2014 14:33

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today led a group of his colleagues calling for a meeting with President Barack Obama to discuss the unacceptable proposed renewable fuels volume obligations (RVOs) for the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Loebsack was joined by Reps. Bruce Braley (IA-01), Cheri Bustos (IL-17), William Enyart (IL-12), Collin Peterson (MN-07), Tim Walz (MN-01) and Rick Nolan (MN-08) in sending the letter. The same group of Representatives recently met with the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and shared their strong concerns about the devastating impact this cut will have on farmers, rural communities, and future investments in biofuels.

“Our top priority remains working to create good jobs and keep our economy moving forward. The proposed RFS volumes threaten to pull the rug out from under our rural economies that are already experiencing a 40 percent decline in the price of corn from last year, the biggest single year drop since 1960,” the Representatives wrote to President Obama. “We believe the RFS plays a critical role as an alternative to foreign oil while simultaneously benefitting the U.S. economy and our rural communities. Thank you very much for your time and consideration, and we look forward to scheduling a meeting soon.” 


A copy of the letter can be seen here.


Be a part of the soy checkoff’s See for Yourself 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by United Soybean Board   
Friday, 24 January 2014 14:09
Join the United Soybean Board (USB) on the 2014 See for Yourself program. This event provides 10 U.S. soybean farmers with an opportunity to see their soy checkoff in action both at home and abroad. To help show what these farmers are learning and inform other soybean farmers about the soy checkoff, USB invites two members of the agricultural media to attend the 2014 program. 

If you would like to be considered for selection to attend the 10-day program, fill out the online application today. Selected media representatives will be contacted by March 1. Travel expenses are eligible for reimbursement by USB. To learn more about the program, visit the See for Yourself webpage on the USB website
APPLY: Please fill out the application by 5 p.m. Central Time, Friday, Jan. 24.
CONTACT: Laura Smith, USB Communications,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or314-236-6916, or Erin Davis, USB Communications, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 314-746-1962

The 70 farmer-directors of USB oversee the investments of the soy checkoff to maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds to increase the value of U.S. soy meal and oil, to ensure U.S. soybean farmers and their customers have the freedom and infrastructure to operate, and to meet the needs of U.S. soy’s customers. As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff.

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