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Iowa gov schedules renewable fuels hearing in Des Moines

By South Dakota Ag Connection

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad announced Monday he will lead a group of state officials from Iowa and the Midwest to host a public hearing allowing citizens outside of Washington, D.C., the opportunity to testify about Renewable Fuel Standards.

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Gov. Branstad and other Iowa officials sent a letter to President Barack Obama, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Dec. 20.

The letter encouraged federal officials to host a public hearing in Iowa or the Midwest to give more citizens the opportunity to provide perspective and data on the EPA’s proposal to reduce volume obligation levels for the 2014 RFS.

The White House, McCarthy and Vilsack each declined the invitation.

“While this debate is happening in Washington, D.C., the effects are felt in America’s heartland,” said South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch. “Even the slightest signal of hesitation can disrupt markets and suggest doubt in our homegrown energy future.”

The event will be Jan. 23 at the Hall of Laureates, 100 Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa, with comments beginning at 8:30 a.m. Central time.

Interested individuals should RSVP to Julie Vande Hoef at by 9 a.m. Jan. 21.