U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst of Iowa received the E15 award from the Iowa Corn Growers Association for their work in the Senate championing year-round sales of E15.

Grassley and Ernst have been steadfast advocates for ethanol and environmentally-friendly alternative energy. Last year, Grassley and Ernst joined a bipartisan group of 35 other senators urging EPA to increase volume obligations for biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuel and ensure any small refiner economic hardship exemptions are appropriately accounted for in its final rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Grassley and Ernst were also leaders in encouraging the Trump administration to approve E15 for year-round sales to help farmers and lower the cost of RFS compliance for oil refineries by producing more Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) which are used to ensure biofuels are being blended into our nation’s fuel supply.

“Iowa is the number one corn-producing state in the nation. We are also the number one ethanol-producing state in the country with 43 refineries employing thousands of workers, boosting economic activity on Main Street and expanding the local tax base,” Grassley said. “Opening the door for year-round sales of higher blends of ethanol is a victory for Iowa farmers, rural America and the nation as a whole. I’m honored to receive this recognition.”

“Iowa is proudly leading the way in corn and ethanol production. With strong support from the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Senator Grassley and I have continued to push the Trump Administration to fulfill President Trump’s promise of E15 year-round, which will boost our economy and provide Iowans choice at the pump,” Ernst said. “Thank you for this recognition; I’m humbled to receive this award.”

“We thank our champions Senators Grassley and Ernst on their leadership and unwavering commitment to Iowa corn farmers that resulted in the proposed E15 rule,” Mark Recker, the chair of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, said.