At long last, Bill Northey was confirmed today as a U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary. He was nominated by President Trump on Sept. 1, 2017. Growth Energy released the following statement in response and looks forward to working with Undersecretary Northey on ethanol and biofuel policy:

“We are thrilled Mr. Northey is approved; he will be a fantastic addition to the USDA. Having served as the Secretary of Agriculture for Iowa, Mr. Northey has first-hand knowledge and experience on how the integration of biofuels into both domestic and international fuel markets has positively impacted the farming economy in America.

“Thanks to outstanding work by Iowa Governor Reynolds and Senators Grassley, Fischer, Ernst, Stabenow, Thune, Klobuchar, and others, this confirmation ends a long and needless delay by critics of the RFS who sought to threaten the rural jobs that President Trump vowed to protect. Our hope is that this unanimous confirmation signals an end to misleading attacks on homegrown biofuels, and the start of a new conversation about serious policy efforts, like RVP relief, that would create jobs, reduce RIN costs, and protect consumer choice at the fuel pump.”

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Thx for the #RecycleChallenge, @rcrracing! #Biofuel production is all about reusing & recycling and at Growth Energy, we make sure to dispose of plastic properly and you can too! Find out how by going to how2recycle.info. We challenge @POETBiofuels to see how they do it! https://t.co/wdutRS05Rf

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Thanks as always to our champions @SenJohnThune, @ChuckGrassley, @SenJoniErnst, @SenatorFischer, @SenatorRounds & @RoyBlunt for working to make sure @EPA keeps President Trump's promise on biofuels. https://t.co/AXLtzCnXnF

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I joined @SenJohnThune @ChuckGrassley @SenJoniErnst @SenatorFischer & @RoyBlunt in a letter to @realDonaldTrump to request the EPA change its proposed rule to restore integrity to the Renewable Fuel Standard. 15 billion gallons means 15 billion gallons. https://t.co/veBkthgGki

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Reminder to all Iowans: The deadline to submit public comments on the @EPA’s supplemental rule is Nov. 29. 15 billion gallons means 15 billion gallons, and Iowa’s farmers and producers are counting on it. Express your support for upholding the #RFS here: https://t.co/R3MA4qz3s8

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