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Iowa lawmakers and farmers happy with ethanol win

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A win for Iowa farmers and lawmakers.

We are in the middle of harvest season right now, and while farmers are out working hard in the fields, they can now feel support from Washington.  

Both the President and the Environmental Protection Agency are now listening to them.

Last week, EPA  Administrator Scott Pruitt spoke about plans that would cut back on the need for renewable fuel in gasoline. 

This is a big deal to Iowa because it would hurt ethanol production.

KWWL caught up with an Iowa farmer who says when he heard the news, he was worried. 

He says like many Iowa farmers, most of his corn is used to make ethanol. 

"Iowa has a lot of open space. It has a lot of farms. It's our duty to use this ethanol. We literally can't shut it off," farmer David Ulrich says.  

Last week, Iowa lawmakers, both Democrat and Republican, spoke up, saying the EPA's decision to cut back on renewable fuels would hurt Iowa.  

It appears the EPA listened to them.

In response to last week, Administrator Pruitt wrote a letter, saying he thanks Senators Grassley and Ernst, as well as Governor Reynolds, for their leadership. 

In the letter, he also said the EPA would not be making the proposed cuts on renewable fuel it initially planned. 

Tomorrow, Governor Kim Reynolds plans to be in Washington D.C.  She plans to continue the discussion on renewable fuels then. 

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