Corn growers appreciate Senators Johanns, Nelson support of resolution to limit EPA actions

LINCOLN, NE — (June 11, 2010) The Nebraska Corn Growers Association and Nebraska Corn Board said they appreciated the support of Nebraska Senators Ben Nelson and Mike Johanns for S.J. Resolution 26 – the Murkowski Disapproval Resolution – that would have signaled to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to hold off on regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.

Both Nebraska Senators were co-sponsors of the disapproval resolution introduced by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, and both voted for the measure, which failed by a 47-53 vote yesterday.

“The Clean Air Act was created to regulate pollutants. Greenhouse gases should not be regulated in the same way as lead emissions, smog or soot,” said Brandon Hunnicutt, a farmer from Giltner and president of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association. “We appreciate Senator Nelson and Senator Johanns support of the resolution that would have let EPA know to hold off on its actions. We will continue to examine avenues to change the direction EPA is moving and encourage EPA to hold off on putting any additional regulatory burden and costs on the backs of Nebraskans.”

Alan Tiemann, a farmer from Seward and chairman of the Nebraska Corn Board, said the EPA overstepped its bounds with overly zealous regulatory actions.

“The response to that decision will be a series of Clean Air Act regulations that will have significant consequences for agriculture and small businesses,” Tiemann said. “EPA’s regulations will raise input costs for farmers, make our products less competitive in international markets and impact Nebraskans in countless ways. We thank Senators Johanns and Nelson for supporting the resolution.”

The Nebraska Corn Board is a self-help program, funded and managed by Nebraska corn farmers. Producers invest in the program at a rate of 1/4 of a cent per bushel of corn sold. Nebraska corn checkoff funds are invested in programs of market development, research and education.

NeCGA is a grassroots commodity organization that works to enhance the profitability of corn producers. Now in its 37th year of service to its members, NeCGA has more than 2,000 dues paying members in Nebraska. NeCGA is affiliated with the NCGA, which has more than 35,000 dues paying members nationwide.


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