U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will travel to Nevada, Iowa tomorrow to tour Couser Cattle Company, give his first major farm policy speech, and host a farmer’s town hall meeting.
Couser Cattle Co. is a diversified operation that annually feeds and finishes 5,000 to 6,000 head of cattle and farms 5,000 acres, producing both corn seed and soybean seed. Bill Couser is a fifth generation farmer and one of the founders of Lincolnway Energy, a 50 million-per-year-gallon ethanol plant. He is also past president of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and was co-chair of the America’s Renewable Future initiative during the presidential campaign.
The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is encouraging members to attend the town hall meeting and encourage the Trump administration to take steps to help increase demand for renewable fuels like ethanol. ACE wants to thank him for USDA’s support of Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) grant funds which will help install nearly 5,000 new pumps for E15 and higher blends, and at the same time urge him to help convince EPA to provide regulatory relief (Reid vapor pressure) for E15 and flex fuels and to keep the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on track.