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June 22, 2020 | Marshall Independent

Senator Hears Concerns from Ethanol Producers

Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she has been taking action to help support ethanol industry

ADM, which operates a plant in Marshall, was among the Minnesota ethanol producers that took part in a conference call with Sen. Amy Klobuchar last Wednesday, reports the Marshall Independent.

Biofuel producers said the pandemic has had a big negative impact, not just on their industry, but on the Minnesota farmers who grow the corn that gets made into ethanol.

Klobuchar said she has been taking action to help support the ethanol industry. In May, Klobuchar and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced a bill that would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reimburse biofuel producers for 75% of the feedstock they bought from Jan. 1 through March 31, through the Commodity Credit Corporation.

Klobuchar also said she and Grassley have also led bipartisan letters calling for a strong Renewable Fuel Standard, as the EPA worked toward finalizing its annual rules on biofuels volume requirements.

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