Colorado Corn staff, board reaching out to drivers about manufacturers’ potential move to end Flex Fuel Vehicles
Colorado Corn staff and board members are in the midst of reaching out to corn farmers, agribusinesses, lawmakers, the general public and others seeking their help. As folks will read in the mailer we’re sending out, major automakers could possibly phase out Flex Fuel Vehicles — vehicles that run on any blend of ethanol and gasoline, up to 85% ethanol.
This comes at a time when USDA and biofuel and ag groups are injecting millions of dollars into retail infrastructure for higher blends of ethanol. Automakers say they’re halting production of Flex Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) because drivers aren’t specifically requesting them, when in reality this move is perhaps based on the phasing out of regulatory fuel economy credits (not tax credits) automakers receive for production of FFVs.
We’re asking folks to take just a few moments, and a few simple steps, to help us in reaching out to these automakers. They need to know that now is not the time for ethanol to take a step back.
In addition to the ongoing investments in infrastructure mentioned above — aimed at bringing higher-ethanol blends to consumers in a market unsustainably dominated by petroleum — ethanol is already having a huge impact in a positive way.
Who is Colorado Corn?
Colorado Corn, based in Greeley, is made up of the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee and the Colorado Corn Growers Association.
The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) oversees how Colorado’s corn check-off dollars (one penny per bushel of corn produced in Colorado) are spent on research, market development, outreach, education and other various endeavors.
The Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) is comprised of dues-paying members who are politically active, focusing on policy that impacts corn producers and ag in general.
See more about the work of the two organizations at www.coloradocorn.com.