Column: Keeping Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Communities Strong
by Senator Al Franken (D-MN) (The Globe) … That’s why I pushed back hard when President Trump recently proposed more than $230 billion in Farm Bill cuts, including $29 billion in cuts to the crop insurance program, which farmers depend upon when commodity prices are low.
Supporting rural communities with a strong renewable fuel standard
As a member of the Senate Energy Committee, I’ve seen how expanding use of renewable energy in Minnesota and across the country creates badly needed jobs, increases demand for farm products and decreases our reliance on foreign oil. For this reason, I’ve long pushed for a strong Renewable Fuel Standard, which governs the amount of ethanol and biodiesel blended into the nation’s fuel supply.
I was pleased that the administration announced plans to maintain the 15-billion-gallon target for ethanol in 2018, but I was disappointed by the targets for biodiesel and other advanced biofuels, and will push hard to raise them between now and November, when they are finalized. READ MORE