Did you know that agricultural residue like wheat straw is a feedstock of choice for many companies working on commercializing cellulosic ethanol?
In most places, this residue will have to be supplemented by additional biomass material from dedicated energy crops. Many agricultural producers who will grow dedicated energy crops in the near future grow wheat now or have acres in the Conservation Reserve Program that previously produced wheat.
NAWG’s leaders feel it is our organization’s responsibility to ensure both wheat growers and biomass growers are accurately and adequately represented in policy discussions.
Renewable Fuels Standard
NAWG supports an expanded Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The RFS, signed into law in late 2007, calls for refiners to blend 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels into the U.S. transportation fuel supply by 2022, with 21 billion gallons from cellulosic feedstock sources.
NAWG believes these requirements, if properly implemented, provide the stability needed for robust investment in and growth of the biomass and cellulosic ethanol industries.