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One farm organization is headed to Washington this month to push for more ethanol at the 

Members and staff of the North Dakota Farmers Union will be on Capitol Hill this month, asking the EPA to NOT lower the renewable fuels standard.
President Mark Watne (Watt-knee) says the organization would like to see MORE e-15 at the pumps.

(Mark Watne / ND Farmers Union President) "We believe that they are not appropriately looking at the picture. It's a good substitute for helping us utilize our corn, it helps us keep the market prices up. we really think they should rethink that. What they are really saying is that the advanced fuel process where we can't get it from the cellulosic, that's not developing as quick. That enables them to not only lower those expectations, but they lower them on the grain side of ethanol too."

Watne also say the organization is very happy with the passing of the 2014 Farm Bill.
But, says they are not happy with conservation being tied to crop insurance.
He says the organization is working to help farmers who've been battling wet field conditions for several years in a row.

(Mark Watne / ND Farmers Union President)"I don't know how you explain it to a farmer that hasn't been able to seed his crop on a good portion of his land for 3-4 years and now he can't buy crop insurance, he can't drain it, he can't do anything with it. So there needs to be a solution for that because it's out of people's control."

Watne says the Farmers Union is very pleased that Country of Origin Labeling, better known as COOL, was included in the Farm Bill. 
He says consumers want and deserve to know where their food comes from.

 

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