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Statement by Mark McHargue, President, Regarding EPA’s Biofuel Action

LINCOLN, NEB. – “The importance of Nebraska’s ethanol industry, the second largest in the nation, cannot be overstated. More than one out of every three bushels of our state’s corn crop goes to produce this environmentally friendly product that improves the economic condition of farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. The disappointing announcement by EPA unfortunately falls short of our expectations as well as the clear government mandate already in law. At the same time, we do appreciate the administration’s denial of the Small Refinery Waivers, which only undermine congressional intent and introduce uncertainty into the ethanol industry.”

“As we move forward, President Biden must fulfill his pledge to support our nation’s biofuels industry. All of those who rely upon the more than $11 billion generated annually by Nebraska’s biofuels industry will be watching.”

The Nebraska Farm Bureau is a grassroots, state-wide organization dedicated to supporting farm and ranch families and working for the benefit of all Nebraskans through a wide variety of educational, service, and advocacy efforts. More than 55,000 families across Nebraska are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve rural and urban prosperity as agriculture is a key fuel to Nebraska’s economy. For more information about Nebraska Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit

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