Naig: ‘Grateful President Trump Continues to Support Iowa Farmers by Denying RFS Exemption Requests’

DES MOINES, Iowa (Sept. 14, 2020) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig released the following statement today in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to deny 54 retroactive Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) exemption requests submitted by U.S. refineries.

“From CARES Act and disaster-recovery funding to blocking the latest round of retroactive biofuel blending waivers, the Trump administration continues to support Iowa farmers and our state’s agriculture-based economy,” said Secretary Naig. “This decision was critical to upholding the spirit of the RFS and growing demand for cleaner-burning biofuels.”

Iowa leads the nation in renewable fuels production. The state is home to 43 ethanol refineries capable of producing over 4.5 billion gallons annually, and 12 biodiesel facilities capable of producing nearly 400 million gallons annually, according to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. The biofuels industry provides jobs in rural communities, additional markets for agricultural products, and gives consumers more choices at retail fuel sites.


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Led by Secretary Mike Naig, the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship serves the rural and urban residents that call Iowa home. Through its 14 diverse bureaus, the Department ensures animal health, food safety and consumer protection. It also promotes conservation efforts to preserve our land and enhance water quality for the next generation. Learn more at

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