Naig statement on President’s announcement on year round E15

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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018


To: Iowa Reporters and Editors

Fr: Mike Naig, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture

Re: President’s announcement on year round E15

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s announcement that he is directing EPA to allow year round sales of E15 (a fuel with 15 percent ethanol) to all 2001 and newer vehicles. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) previously limited the sale of E15 during summer months to only flex-fuel vehicles.

“This is great news for our farmers who need strong, stable markets for their products. Year-round access to E15 provides customers with a cleaner-burning, lower-cost option at the pump and has the potential to drive demand for an additional 2 billion bushels of corn nationwide. Retailers are also now able to sell and promote E15 knowing they will be able to offer it year round.

“This action, when combined with the recent breakthrough on trade negotiations with Canada and Mexico, is an important step that can help drive demand for our ag products.  There is still much work to be done and I will continue to work closely with our congressional delegation and Governor Reynolds to make sure Iowa’s interests remain high on the agenda in Washington, D.C.”


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