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Treasury's fuel model update frustrates corn growers


Corn growers in Missouri are voicing their concerns following a decision by the U.S. Department of Treasury to adopt a revised Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation (GREET) model. This model plays a critical role in determining eligibility for biofuel tax credits under the Inflation Reduction Act, requiring a minimum of 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Brent Hoerr, President of the Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA), has highlighted that the new model demands specific farming practices, such as no-till farming, use of enhanced efficiency fertilizers, and cover crops as a baseline to qualify for the tax credits. Hoerr argues that such requirements are not feasible for all growers due to the diverse agricultural conditions across Missouri and the broader Corn Belt.

These stringent requirements could potentially exclude many current ethanol producers in Missouri, as well as numerous corn acres from qualifying for the tax credits, thereby ignoring the innovative advancements made by farmers in sustainable practices.

The MCGA is advocating for more involvement of corn growers in the formulation of future guidelines, especially concerning the 45Z clean fuel production tax credit, to ensure that the farmers’ interests are adequately represented. This involves securing a framework that allows growers to retain control over their farming practices and data, while engaging in the emerging opportunities in sustainable aviation fuel production.

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