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Wisconsin Groups Praise Trump's E85 Announcement
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/10/2018

Farmers in the Badger State could benefit from a plan announced by the Trump Administration on Monday that would allow higher blends of ethanol in gasoline year-round. A White House spokesperson said that the president is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to draw up new regulations that would make E15 fuel available to consumers during the entire year, instead of banning the 15-percent blend from June 1 through September 15.

President Trump will also seek reforms to biofuels credit trading, according to sources.

"This action is basically specifically directed at increasing the supply of biofuels and providing consumer choice and in line with the president's approach to propping up the free market," a White House official said during a conference call to reporters.

Wisconsin Corn Growers President Doug Rebout says the move allows local farmers in Wisconsin to expand into other markets, while simultaneously providing a cleaner fuel and more options for motorists.

"We are grateful to the Administration and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue for their efforts on behalf of America's corn growers," Rebout said.

Neal Kemmet of Ace Ethanol in Stanley, who serves as an officer of the Wisconsin BioFuels Association, touted that E15 is often sold for about five-cents less per gallon at the gas pump--which means consumers will also benefit financially.

"Farmers, ethanol producers, and fuel retailers from across the country have been advocating for year-round sales of higher ethanol blends like E15 to provide consumers with more options at the pump, help clean our air, and improve economic conditions across rural America," Kemmet said.

The new rule must still go through a formal comment period. All told, the entire process could take nearly a year to be fulling implemented.

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