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EPA Reverses Proposed Cuts To Ethanol Mandate

Grant Gerlock
Harvest Public Media/File photo

Midwestern U.S. senators’ lobbying campaign paid off Thursday for farmers who supply the renewable fuel industry.

Instead of making a small cut to the amount of ethanol and biodiesel to be used in the U.S. in 2018, the EPA approved an increase of less than one percent, bringing the total to 19.29 billion gallons. The federal agency also rolled back most of the proposed decrease for cellulosic ethanol, which can be made from cornstalks and perennial grasses.

It’s the fourth straight year of an increase in the biofuels mandate. The renewable fuel industry is a big market for corn and soybean farmers in states like Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Illinois.