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LINCOLN, NE – “Today, America took a step backward in its long-standing mission of reducing our reliance on foreign oil, lowering fuel costs for American consumers and producing a cleaner burning biofuel that helps protect our environment. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) deviation from the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) targets as established by Congress will be widely felt, particularly here in Nebraska.”

"The strength of Nebraska’s agriculture-based economy stems from the interdependent relationship between Nebraska’s corn, cattle and ethanol sectors, which collectively have provided tremendous economic benefits to our state, and to individual farm and ranch families.”

“Nebraska’s ethanol industry is worth an estimated $5 billion per year to Nebraska’s economy and has helped create 3,000 Nebraska jobs. Ethanol is truly a homegrown success story that started as a single ethanol plant in 1985 and has grown to 24 plants statewide today, making Nebraska the second largest ethanol producing state in the country.”

“It is our hope Congress will take action to reverse EPA’s decision and require them to maintain the original corn-based ethanol targets as originally passed by Congress in 2007.”

The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, statewide 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 60,000 families across Nebraska are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve rural and urban prosperity as agriculture is key to fueling Nebraska’s economy. For more information about Nebraska Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit www.nefb.org