The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agrees that fuels produced by grain sorghum fit under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program. A comment period on the topic closed on Thursday and a decision will be forthcoming.
“U.S. farmers can have a tremendous positive impact on the environment by producing advanced biofuel from grain sorghum,” said National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson. “EPA’s analysis indicates that utilizing different process energy technology options reduces lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts of ethanol produced from grain sorghum by 53 percent compared to the petroleum baseline."
In 2007, Congress passed the Renewable Fuels Standard 2 (RFS2), which requires the production of 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels by 2022 from both conventional and advanced sources of biofuel. Johnson points out that NFU policy encourages full implementation of the RFS2 and requires any revisions to be based on the best available science subject to public review.
“NFU supports expanded use of other biofuels, and encourage the use of eligible feedstocks such as grain sorghum, millet, barley, oats and wheat to meet the requirements for other advanced biofuels under the RFS,” he added. “Based on our review of the Notice of Data Availability (NODA), we support the findings of EPA’s analysis which indicates that grain sorghum qualifies as an advanced biofuel.”