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Ag group wants mandatory use of biofuels at all Iowa pumps

Des Moines, Iowa — The head of Iowa’s largest agricultural organization is urging state lawmakers to reconsider a measure which would mandate the use of renewable fuels in Iowa that are produced in-state.

Iowa Farm Bureau president Brent Johnson says the Iowa Biofuels Standard was narrowly defeated in the legislature in 2021.

He says the organization has some work to do to rebuild consumer support and to get the legislative backing needed for the mandate to pass. Johnson is also urging the EPA to uphold the Renewable Fuels Standard RVO or Renewable Volume Obligation levels, after reports the Biden administration may drop the proposed blending levels below 15-billion gallons.

Johnson says the Farm Bureau supports Governor Kim Reynolds’ move, asking the EPA to provide a waiver to sell E-15 year-round in Iowa.