IL CORN FARMER TESTIFIES AT CONGRESSIONAL HEARING FOR HIGH OCTANE FUELS
“Farmers are growing more corn—or octane - per acre than ever before,” said Paul Jeschke, a farmer from Mazon, Illinois, who testified before Congress today at the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment hearing titled High Octane Fuels and High Efficiency Vehicles: Challenges and Opportunities. A growing body of evidence shows that high-octane midlevel ethanol blends offer the most environmentally friendly and cost-effective route to increased vehicle efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Corn-based ethanol is the most widely available, cost efficient source of octane on the market. It’s a no-brainer. A true win-win-win for farmers, the environment, and for consumers. IL Corn thanks Committee Chairman, Congressman John Shimkus, for the invitation to include a corn farmer on the committee witness panel. We’re looking forward market access for farmers to fuel the future high-octane fuels in high-efficiency vehicles. Ethanol powered high-octane fuels are a key growth market for domestic corn demand, a demand that can easily be met with modest trend-line yield growth over time.