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Missouri Corn Growers Applaud Next Gen Fuels Act Support
Missouri Ag Connection - 09/13/2023

The Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is thanking Missouri's congressional delegation and state industry partners for their support of the Next Generation Fuels Act. The legislation aims to transition gasoline vehicles to low-carbon, higher-octane fuel, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and take advantage of higher ethanol blends.

The EPA proposed sweeping new vehicle emission standards in May 2023. If implemented, electric vehicles (EVs) would account for 67% of new light and medium-duty vehicle sales and nearly half of new heavy-duty vehicle sales by 2032. However, the lack of infrastructure, accessibility, and rising costs of EVs are significant hurdles for Missouri farmers, businesses, and consumers.

The Next Generation Fuels Act would modernize liquid fuels, ensuring today's internal combustion engines remain competitive, relevant, and affordable. The bill would ensure consumers have greater choice and affordability by model year 2026. Corn-based ethanol allows for engine optimization, which helps automotive manufacturers meet vehicle fuel efficiency standards and lower emissions. The bill also increases octane sources that result in nearly 50 percent fewer GHG emissions than unblended gasoline and sets new limits on toxic hydrocarbon aromatics.

Rep. Alford, Rep. Cleaver, and Rep. Graves have all expressed their support for the Next Generation Fuels Act. They believe that the bill is a win-win for Missouri farmers and families, as it will provide more reliable markets for corn and access to more affordable, American-made fuels.

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