The Renewable Fuel Standard:


  • Has spurred economic growth for farmers and rural communities


  • Provides a dependable structure that assists in stabilizing markets and promoting new technological advancements in the biofuels industry


  • Is NOT a “mandate.”

    • The standards set by the EPA simply allows more American-made products to be part of America’s fuel supply.

    • We should be strengthening our commitment to renewable fuels, not backing down.



RFS Overview

For more than 20 years, the National Corn Growers has worked side by side with farmers, industry, and government to build the ethanol industry from the ground up. Corn farmers across the country and the ethanol industry have helped America move one step closer to energy independence.  Our industry is also a major force in the revitalization of rural America by helping create green jobs and stimulating economic activity in rural communities. 


Corn farmers and the ethanol industry play a significant role in promoting both energy independence and a stable, prosperous U. S. economy.  All this has been possible due in large part to the passage of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in 2005 and expansion in 2007.  The RFS has been a remarkable success and has helped to promote cleaner, greener fuels while also helping America become more energy independent.  We must protect the integrity of the RFS.



Year-Round E15

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a proposed rule that has the potential to make year-round E15 a reality this year.

It’s time to remove the outdated barrier to year-round sales of E15. Farmers benefit from increasing sales of higher blends of ethanol through growing demand for corn, while consumers benefit from lower fuel prices and lower emissions. Retailers want to offer this fuel. Farmers need to help ensure obstacles to year-round E15 sales are removed.
Currently, the proposed rule for E15 is paired with a complex proposal to change rules for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs), the credits that demonstrate compliance with the RFS.  An effective RIN market helps to drive more ethanol blending, but some provisions in EPA’s proposal could have the opposite effect. While EPA wants to move the E15 and RIN market rules together, we need EPA to ensure the RIN market proposal is fair to those who are blending more biofuels and not tilted in favor of refiners who choose not to blend.

Other Resources


Download NCGA’s RFS Issue Brief


NCGA background on small refinery lawsuits


Read the Austin Dillon Op-Ed on the RFS