St. Louis, MO (Vocus) March 6, 2009
Today, National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Bob Dickey released the following statement on efforts to move beyond the 10% blend wall.
The National Corn Growers Association's policy, recently approved by delegates on February 28, states 'We will work with all partners in the ethanol industry to create a unified strategy to expand ethanol usage and production.'
NCGA supports the ethanol industry's efforts to move beyond the current 10% blend wall. We understand overcoming this hurdle will require sound science in a transparent process. NCGA also supports the regulatory process to increase the blend rate and to replace foreign oil with domestically produced renewable energy.
America's corn growers have continually exceeded market demand for corn by the ethanol industry and will continue to meet the demands of food, feed, fuel and fiber in an economical and environmentally responsible manner. NCGA would also like to highlight the important impact that farmer-owned, homegrown fuel production has in bringing opportunities to rural America.
U.S. corn production efficiency is continually advancing and NCGA expects even greater improvements in sustainability and efficiency in the years to come. It currently takes 40% less land and 50% less energy to produce a bushel of corn than it did in 1987.
The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is a national organization founded in 1957 and represents approximately 35,000 dues-paying corn growers and the interests of more than 300,000 farmers who contribute through corn checkoff programs in their states. NCGA and its 48 affiliated state associations and checkoff organizations work together to help protect and advance the corn producer's interests. For more information, visit http://www.ncga.com.
For more information contact:
Nancy L. Bunker Koester, ABC
NCGA, 636-733-9004, ext. 112
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