NCGA Meets with 'Big Three' Automakers, EPA

Everything from the latest research on ethanol use in small engines to growing opportunities for distiller's grains was up for discussion at the recent meeting of the National Corn Growers Association's Ethanol Committee.

Committee Chair Jeff Sandborn says the group met in Detroit - which provided a great opportunity to talk with representatives of Ford, Chrysler and General Motors. He says they confirmed ethanol has a lot to offer because it provides non-toxic, economical octane - but also that there are significant challenges - particularly in the policy arena. Sandborn says ethanol provides the performance characteristics automakers want - and does so more economically than any other source. But he says they're looking for direction from the Environmental Protection Agency on specific future standards so they know what engines to design and what ethanol blends might work best.

Members of the NCGA committee also met with EPA officials in Detroit. Sandborn says it's clear that NCGA can - and probably should - step up communications and education with EPA and other governmental agencies to assure they have the best technical information available related to ethanol's potential.

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