NCBA Statement on the House Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing on the Renewable Fuels Standard
WASHINGTON — National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Policy Vice Chairman Craig Uden, a cattle feeder from Elwood, Neb., issued the following statement with regard to today’s hearing by the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee on the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) Reform Act:
“NCBA appreciates the efforts of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in discussing the RFS, and we look forward to working with the committee on making significant changes to this policy. The inflexible RFS mandate continues to be a burden on cattle producers across the country. Livestock producers continue to face record high feed costs due to one of the worst droughts in the U.S. in half a century. The artificial support for corn ethanol provided for by the RFS is only making the situation worse. It is clear that the RFS must be overhauled and the RFS Reform Act (H.R. 1462) proposes to do just that.
“In a letter addressed to the House, NCBA urged congressional members to support the RFS Reform Act, legislation that would provide relief to those affected by this unworkable federal policy. This legislation will help ease concerns created by the ethanol mandate and allow cattle producers to be able to compete on a level playing field for a bushel of corn, by prohibiting corn-based ethanol from being used to meet the RFS, and reducing the total size of the RFS over the next few years.
“NCBA fully supports this commonsense approach by Congress on its recent bipartisan reviews of the RFS along with issuing a series of white papers examining the numerous issues with the current ethanol mandate system and its impact on all users of corn.”