NCGA president fears COVID impacts will linger


NCGA president fears COVID impacts will linger

The president of the National Corn Growers says impacts of the coronavirus pandemic will be felt for quite a while.

Kevin Ross, who farms in southwest Iowa, points to the trickle-down effect of reduced fuel demand.

“We’ve backed up demand for corn, and now the projected carryouts are above 3 billion after this year, with large acreage planted at 97 million acres this year.”

He says 2020 was shaping up to be a relatively strong year for corn demand until COVID-19 came along.

And right now, the long-term success of our ethanol partners driving biofuels demand is definitely the best way to paint a good economic picture for agriculture. It was in 2006, and it still is today.”

The Renewable Fuel Standard was implemented in 2006.  It helped boost prices and remains a major demand driver for corn.

Ross says the federal government needs to protect the RFS and get onboard with improving and increasing demand for biofuels.

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