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KANSAS CITY (KWWL) -

Iowa farmers and Governor Branstad head to Kansas to defend the ethanol industry.

They join others from Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska testifying before the EPA. They say a plan to reduce renewable fuel requirements by four billion gallons a year will hurt their businesses.

The EPA believes farmers won't be able to meet the requirement set by congress for the amount of ethanol to be produced.

"We just can't avoid certain basic facts and one of those facts is that these advanced fuels the ones that provide the greatest emission reductions simply haven't come online as fast as congress or all of us hoped," said Christopher Grundler, Director of Air Quality and Transportation for the EPA.

Farmers believe the EPA is caving to the petroleum industry

"The EPA's decision will affect the lives of many Iowans, Midwesterners and consumers nationwide," said Governor Branstad in a statement. "I hope that the EPA shows Midwesterners that the federal government has not abandoned its commitment to a robust RFS and revitalizing rural America."

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