Iowa Governor Branstad To Testify on Fuel Standards

A handful of corn is shown before it is processed at the Tall Corn Ethanol plant, May 24, 2006, in a Coon Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

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By Richard Pratt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad will go to Virginia this week to testify against a proposal to reduce the amount of ethanol required to be blended into gasoline.

Branstad announced his plans Tuesday, saying he'll testify Thursday at a public hearing organized by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA proposes to reduce by almost 3 billion gallons the amount of biofuels required to be blended into gasoline in 2014.

Branstad is among many politicians and industry executives who are defending the current levels of ethanol and biodiesel in the nation's fuel supply.

At a recent event, Branstad argued the EPA has embarked on a war on corn that threatens thousands of jobs. Iowa is the nation's leading corn producer and top ethanol maker.

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