RFS is Revitalizing Rural Iowa

The United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released its Preliminary 2012 Farm Census data and according to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA), it’s easy to see that increased in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) have revitalized rural Iowa.

Iowa-FarmThe USDA data shows that since the increase in the RFS in 2007, Iowa has experienced nearly a 51 percent increase in the value of Iowa farm products, with a more than 67.7 percent increase in crop values and a more than 33.5 percent increase in livestock values. These value increases took place during a time when the amount of land being farmed in Iowa actually dropped 132,193 acres to 30.6 million acres.

“It’s no coincidence the increases in the RFS since 2007 have coincided with the most impressive run of rural prosperity in Iowa history,” said IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “Throughout history, farmers have been so innovative and productive they usually produce themselves out of profitability. This time, the growth in renewable fuels provided new markets for increased production, resulting in the positive economic results detailed by the USDA. However, if the Obama Administration’s proposal to slash the RFS is allowed to move forward, we could see a complete reversal in this rural revitalization.”

Iowa was not the only state to benefit from the growth in renewable fuels. Nationally, farm product values increased 32.8 percent from 2007 to 2012, with crop values increasing 47.9 percent and livestock values increasing 18.7 percent. Meanwhile, U.S. land devoted to farming declined by nearly 7.5 million acres.

3 thoughts on “RFS is Revitalizing Rural Iowa

  1. Do farmers who grow crops for fuel still use chemical fertilizers on the land? How much food producing land is used for fuel crops and what effect does that have on food prices ? I would like there to be a happy medium !

  2. It takes 1.6 gallons of Diesel to make 1 gallon of ethanol. Ethanol reduces mileage on ALL internal combustion engines where it is used. Ethanol is destructive to internal combustion engines. I know, they use it at Indy, but those engines are designed to run for six hours. Less mileage means we have to buy more gallons and pay more gas taxes. Humans do not cause climate change, either warming or cooling. Ethanol is a disaster for the American taxpayer.

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