Rural America is facing an economic crisis...

Farm income has plummeted to a 12-year low, and vital markets for U.S. agricultural goods are being crushed by government restrictions, foreign trade barriers and a global crop surplus. It’s the worst rural recession since the 1980s, leaving many communities across the Midwest wondering what comes next.

To meet this challenge, rural families are looking to Washington for support. Access to new markets for American-made biofuels could unleash a wave of growth, driving demand for energy-rich farm crops. While other manufacturing sectors have left rural America, more than 200 biofuel plants support thousands of farmers and workers across rural communities.

President Trump has promised to lift outdated government regulations on biofuels that would open a new market for surplus crops, but federal bureaucrats are standing in the way. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue must help the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) act immediately on President Trump’s promise to Midwest farmers and stop holding back growth.

More than half of all farm households now lose money on their operations each year.
Average farm income in the U.S. has declined 52 percent since 2013.

 

Foreign countries are imposing harsh tariffs on U.S. agricultural products, destroying billions in rural revenue.
Oil lobbyists are working to roll back the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which would hurt American farmers.
The EPA’s outdated regulations restrict sales of 15-percent ethanol blends (E15) every summer, cutting off choices for consumers and markets for biofuels.
The EPA handed out secret waivers to major oil companies, taking billions of gallons of biofuels off the market – at the expense of farm families.

Thankfully, it’s not too late. President Trump promised to revitalize growth in America’s heartland – and now is the time to help him deliver!

Secretary Sonny Perdue: You have the power to hold regulators accountable. We need you to deliver on the promises President Trump has made to Midwest farmers and their families TODAY.

The EPA must act now to lift outdated RVP regulations, so retailers can sell higher blends of ethanol – like E15 – year-round.
New biofuel markets could drive demand for more than 3.9 billion bushels of surplus grains – putting money back into the pockets of farmers.
Policymakers must protect the RFS to accelerate production of homegrown biofuels, helping restore growth in rural communities.
By forcing the EPA to stand by President Trump’s promises, policymakers can put farmers back on a level playing field.

American farmers are the most productive in the world. They don’t want a handout. They want to tear down regulatory barriers standing between U.S. crops and customers around the world.

Higher blends of ethanol, like E15, can deliver growth TODAY – if policymakers in Washington stop holding it back.

Tell USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue we need year-round E15 NOW to put farmers back on a level playing field and drive growth for America’s rural communities.