A coalition of livestock and poultry organizations, including the American Sheep Industry Association, wrote to members of the House of Representatives to urge legislation that would reform the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and its inflexible mandate. The mandate on corn-based ethanol, in particular, has had a devastating effect on the entire food economy from the livestock and poultry producers facing record feed costs to consumers' balancing food budgets in tough economic times.
In April, a diverse array of agriculture, business, environment, hunger, taxpayer and public interest groups supported the efforts of Reps. Bob Goodlatte (Va.), Jim Costa (Calif.), Steve Womack (Ark.) and Peter Welch (Vt.) as they introduced H. R. 1462, the Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act, which would mitigate the devastating impact the RFS has had on the economy, consumers across the country and around the world.
This bipartisan legislation would eliminate the corn-based ethanol mandate currently required by the RFS, reduce the overall requirements of cellulosic ethanol not filled by other advanced biofuels and rescind the Environmental Protection Agency waivers allowing gasoline blends containing up to 15 percent of ethanol.