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Iowa corn growers rally in Washington

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WASHINGTON (KWWL) -

This week, some Iowa corn growers are planting themselves in front of Congress defending ethanol.

They're among hundreds of farmers in Washington. They're worried about the EPA's plan to reduce how much ethanol is required in gasoline. The EPA says the standards in place cannot be reached so the cutback is necessary.

Iowa produces more ethanol than any other state.

A 6th generation Iowa farmer says they've been able to reach a 7th generation because of ethanol and what it's done for her community. "The school where my grandkids go got to add another kindergarten class because of families coming back. We saw families not only come back to be on the farm, but to work in those ag businesses," said Pam Johnson from Floyd County.

"We would blend ethanol into gasoline with or without the mandate. Our concern is that we have an arbitrary mandate that's forcing more and more ethanol into the fuel... and that those increased levels could potentially damage our customer's engines and force fuels into the market that the costumer doesn't want," said Bob Greco from the American Petroleum Institute.
 

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