Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia has joined Governors from Arkansas, Georgia, New Mexico, Texas and North Carolina, with the support of Delaware and Maryland, in petitioning the EPA to ease the Renewable Fuels Standards (RFS). Governor Bob McDonnell wrote to the EPA yesterday to request the waiver for 2012-2013. McDonnell cites the "economic harm on Virginia's poultry and livestock producing regions" imposed by the ever increasing amounts of corn and soybean required by renewable fuels standards and the trickle effect to related industry.
VGPA recognizes any policy decision to change the RFS is a critical matter to corn and small grain producers and agribusinesses across Virginia. Careful consideration is required to analyze both the short term and long term impact of any change in policy and, of course, whether such a change in policy is necessary at all. The EPA may grant a waiver if it is determined that the RFS is causing "severe harm" to the economy of a state, region, or the country. On the contrary, the EPA must also consider current economic conditions and conduct a thorough analysis of the economic impact of any policy changes to the corn and small grains industry that may also result in economic harm.
Earlier, NCGA released a statement on the RFS waiver. Similarly, VGPA recognizes the widespread impact of the current drought on producers and those whom we supply. VGPA will continue to engage in discussions and educate policymakers and stakeholders on the significant impact of making any changes to the RFS on corn and small grain producers in Virginia and across the nation.
Courtesy of VGPA.