As all of you know, this summer’s drought in much of the country has had a devastating impact on the U.S. corn crop. Since July, corn prices have spiked in anticipation of greatly reduced corn yields this fall. This will mean much higher grain costs for our company over the coming year. While nobody can control the weather, we can insist that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) temporarily suspend the ethanol mandate to mitigate the damage from this crisis. I am asking for your help in this important effort.
Over the last several weeks, our industry, members of Congress, and eight state governors (and counting) have petitioned EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson for a waiver to the corn ethanol mandate. As you are probably aware, because of this market-distorting mandate, about 40 percent of the U.S. corn crop goes into ethanol production each year. By suspending all or part of this mandate for one year, the EPA has the ability to ease the demand for corn and level the playing field for everyone that depends on corn to run their businesses. A waiver to the corn ethanol mandate is the single most significant thing the federal government can do to address this situation.
A few weeks ago, the EPA announced it was opening a public comment period on the question of waiving the ethanol mandate, which ends October 11. The agency also stated that it would make a decision on whether or not to grant a waiver within 90 days. This is a positive development, but we need as many voices in the poultry industry as possible urging the agency to make the right decision. I urge you to consider sending an email to the EPA before October 11 in support of a waiver. Attached, you will find a suggested message to the EPA that you can use, but feel free to add any points you’d like. If you do decide to submit a comment, here’s what you should do to make sure your voice is heard:
- Send your email by October 11 to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- In the subject line of your email, identify your comments by the following:
Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0632
Thanks for your consideration.
Sr. Group VP
Poultry & Prepared Foods
Here is a PDF version of this letter and a sample comment letter for download.