newsbob dineen bob goodlatte and the renewable fuel standard

Bob Dinneen: Bob Goodlatte and the Renewable Fuel Standard


congressRep. Bob Goodlatte is right to laud the American farmer (Bob Goodlatte: Celebrating American agriculture, March 22), but wrong to attack the one policy that has helped drive a rural economic revival – the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

The RFS is revitalizing rural communities. It has created and sustained over 386,000 jobs, added $30.7 billion to household incomes, and contributed $8.3 billion to the local community by way of state, local, and federal taxes.

In 2013, the ethanol industry used 4.8 billion bushels of corn totaling more than $29.4 billion. Just last year the gross value of crops equaled $217 billion, livestock receipts hit a record high of $182 billion, and net farm income reached $131 billion.

Ethanol production also creates a high protein feedstock called dried distillers grain (DDG) which is very popular with livestock farmers for its high protein value. A 56-pound bushel of grain will produce 2.8 gallons of ethanol and 17 pounds of DDGs.

It’s time for Rep. Goodlatte to stop attacking a program that is clearly helping American communities, American agriculture, and the American farmer.

Bob Dinneen is the president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association.



Have a story idea or a news tip? Email editor Chris Graham at [email protected]. Subscribe to AFP podcasts on Apple PodcastsSpotifyPandora and YouTube.

Latest News

PATCH summer camp harrisonburg police department

Summer camp gives teens behind-the-scenes look at police department, teaches five core values

ivy creek foundation logo

June Ivy Talk to focus on African American cemeteries in Central Virginia

The June Ivy Talk will focus on African American cemeteries in Central Virginia as well as information crucial to the stories of the Black families who lived and worked in the area for hundreds of years.

albemarle county police department new officers

Albemarle County Police welcomes five new officers to the department

Five recruits have now graduated from the Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Academy and are now part of a new class of officers joining the Albemarle County Police Department.

deflated basketball

Virginia Athletics doesn’t want to play a serious NIL game: How this affects UVA hoops

vsu bulldozer damage

Petersburg man in custody after stealing bulldozer, going on rampage

vietnam war memorial

Remembering Americans: Parents mourn hero son killed in Vietnam in 1968


Fredericksburg Nationals make it three in a row, defeat Salem Red Sox, 8-5