Clements: The President’s announcement to move forward with year-round E15 sales provides domestic market demand opportunity for U.S. farmers. Andrew Walmsley, American Farm Bureau Federation congressional relations director, called the announcement a win for farmers and consumers.
Walmsley: The President’s announcement was definitely long-awaited. This is something that Farm Bureau with our partners in agriculture and the ethanol industry have been waiting for and hoping for. It’s a good first step to providing some additional consumer choice, but also sends a good signal hopefully to the market.
Clements: Walmsley says the announcement fulfills a campaign promise by President Trump.
Walmsley: President Trump made biofuels an important part of his campaign. Obviously, there’s been some challenges and setbacks, but at least moving towards removing a regulatory roadblock when it comes to year-round E15 sales is welcomed. Especially with where markets are right now and the uncertainty around trade.
Clements: Walmsley says he is hopeful the rule will be in effect before the 2019 growing and driving season.
Walmsley: We are looking forward to working with EPA as they come out with hopefully a proposed rule here soon. It will be a process that our farmers and members will have an opportunity to participate in to weigh in with public comment. They’ll have to come back and actually propose a final rule. Hopefully we can see alot of that done before next driving season.
Clements: Micheal Clements, Washington.