Encouraging news for corn producers. The EPA announcing rule changes that would allow year-round sales of corn-based E-15, perhaps as early as this summer. The news comes five months after President Trump asked the agency to update its rules.
Currently, air pollution requirements block sales of E-15 gasoline between June and September in areas where smog is a problem. Iowa produces more corn than any other state and also ranks as the nation’s leading ethanol producer. The proposal comes at a time when many Iowa farmers have been hit hard by trade tariffs from China.
“For farmers, it’s a big thing. It will increase the demand for corn. That’s our main input product for making ethanol and it will increase demand for ethanol. It’ll increase the use of ethanol which ultimately increases the demand for corn,” said Pam Miller of Siouxland Ethanol.
The environmental protection agency will be taking public comments and hold public hearings before any change becomes official. The president has said he wants the year-round sales to begin this summer.