Members of the American Farm Bureau Federation have met in San Antonio, Texas, where they have been talking AFBF policy. And the new Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert says ethanol and the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) remains the top priority for farmers in his state and the region.
“Midwest farmers have worked so hard and so long to get those standards where they are today,” he told Chuck right before heading into a policy session at the meeting. Richard added they have even overcome some of the price spikes for commodities that go into the green fuel, so other sectors aren’t hurt by high prices for someone else’s feedstocks. “It’s just difficult for us to understand why we’re being forced to rollback those standards.”
He went on to say that he doesn’t understand the Obama Administration’s position that most renewable energy experts agree will hurt biofuel producers and markets, especially in the rural economy, considering how the president has repeated his dedication to green energy, including biofuels, time and time again.
You can hear all of Chuck’s interview with Richard here: Interview with Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert 2014 AFBF Convention Photos