Statement on Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's Legislation Freezing of Corn-Based Ethanol Mandate

October 24, 2012
Washington, D.C.

Attribute to NTF President Joel Brandenberger The National Turkey Federation (NTF) and its members commend Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, for introducing legislation to freeze the corn-based ethanol mandate at 9 billion gallons for 2008. If passed, Sen. Hutchison’s action would allow for badly needed adjustments in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). While even stronger measurers ultimately will be needed, this legislation represents an important first step in making needed adjustments to our nation’s renewable fuels policy. NTF supports all legislative and regulatory action that will help relieve the escalating feed costs, which have affected the cost of poultry and livestock production, and ultimately affected food costs. Senator Hutchison’s actions, along with requests from the governors of Texas and Connecticut for RFS adjustments, are significant developments in the effort to restore balance and common sense to the nation’s renewable energy policy. ###