NFU Applauds EPA Approval of Grain Sorghum Under RFS

Date Posted: December 6, 2012

Washington—National Farmers Union (NFU) applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent announcement that it will qualify ethanol made from grain sorghum as an eligible biofuel under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

The EPA concluded ethanol produced from grain sorghum achieves enough greenhouse gas emissions reduction to count toward federal biofuel mandates.

“NFU is very pleased with EPA’s decision to count grain sorghum as an eligible feedstock, which opens the possibility of it being counted as an advanced biofuel.

"This revision was based on sound science subject to public review and we fully support efforts to increase our nation’s energy independence through the increased production of renewable fuels,” said NFU President Roger Johnson.

In July, NFU submitted comments to the EPA supporting findings that grain sorghum can be used as an advanced biofuel on the Notice of Data Availability (NODA) Concerning Renewable Fuels Produced from Grain Sorghum under the RFS Program.

“The RFS mandates the production of 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels by 2022 from conventional as well as advanced biofuels.

"Thanks to EPA’s announcement, grain sorghum now has the potential to serve as an even more important piece in the nation’s energy security puzzle,” said Johnson.

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