The National Corn Growers Association and Renewable Fuels Association last week hosted Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) regulators from the California Air Resources Board and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Also in attendance were representatives of leading environmental non-profit organizations for a Midwest tour of corn-growing and ethanol decarbonization technologies.
Tour stops included Siouxland Ethanol in Jackson, Neb., and Elite Octane in Atlantic, Iowa, as well as farms in Nebraska and Iowa participating in the Soil Health Partnership. The NCGAm is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health, benefiting farmer profitability, a stable food supply, and the environment.
Tour participants were able to hear from farmers and see advances in corn production practices. They learned how farm production practices already help reduce the carbon intensity of ethanol and how corn production can provide additional decarbonization benefits, including sequestering carbon in the soil.
Moving forward, NCGA plans to continue to build better relationships and productive dialog with tour participants for the benefit of farmers.