NFU Supports 2013 Renewable Fuel Levels

National Farmers Union submitted comments in support of the EPA's proposed volumes for cellulosic, advanced and other renewable fuels last week. In the comments - NFU President Roger Johnson said his group strongly believes the U.S. should make the development of renewable sources of energy our number one priority in reducing dependence on fossil fuels. Johnson continued that NFU encourages EPA to incentivize the renewable fuels industry and American agriculture by creating ambitious targets for renewable energy production.

NFU agreed that cellulosic and other advanced biofuels hold tremendous promise for farmers in providing a buffer for large fluctuations in commodity prices by diversifying the rural economy. Johnson noted that the Energy Department found the U.S. produces 1.2-billion tons of agricultural and forest waste each year. That is enough feedstock - he wrote - to produce about 85-billion gallons of biofuels - or enough to replace 30-percent of the nation's annual petroleum consumption.

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