RFS Field Hearing Testimony from Coral Didion from Didion Milling
Posted on 06/25/2015
Full testimony as it was given from Coral Didion during the RFS Field Hearing on June 25, 2015.
Statement of Didion Milling
The Wisconsin BioFuels Association
The RFS Supports Food AND Fuel
Food vs. Fuel is the misconception that we are diverting farmland and crops toward biofuel production to the detriment of the food supply.
Didion Milling is proof that this theory is pure myth.
Didion has been in business since 1972, producing corn meal, grits, cones and flours as food ingredients and products. We are one of the largest US producers of corn-soy blend for the World Food Program, which uses our products to feed the poorest children in the world.
We are also an ethanol plant.
Our ethanol plant uses the less desirable parts of the corn that remain after the milling operations are complete. From those less desirable parts, we create ethanol and byproducts such as Dried Distillers Grains with Soluble (DDGS), which is animal feed.
We create food, feed, and biofuel. No farmland is used solely for biofuel production. At Didion, it isn’t Food VS. Fuel, it truly is Food AND Fuel.
In a very real sense, our ethanol production directly supports the global feeding program and allows us to provide a better price to the USDA, AID, and World Food Program. Without the RFS to support ethanol use we could not continue our ethanol production and the price of our food products would increase, including the price of the CSB we send to feed hungry children. The RFS allows us to send aid to more children with the same amount of appropriated dollars.
We support the RFS simply because it represents a good energy policy for America. It is moving us toward energy independence, which is vital. The RFS is also a good food policy; it helps Didion provide the best possible price to those who rely on our food ingredients and our food products. And, the RFS is good job policy; together ethanol plants like ours have created hundreds of thousands of jobs, many in otherwise forgotten rural communities.
The proposed guidelines will undermine all of the positive achievements, progress, and humanitarian efforts Didion has worked hard to build over the past 43 years. We have invested and worked hard based on the promise that EPA would fulfill the goals of the RFS through 2022.
On behalf of Didion and the Wisconsin BioFuels Association, and our workers, our vendors, our suppliers, and the thousands of corn growers who continually produce higher yields of corn with less inputs, we respectfully ask that the EPA reconsider the recent proposed rule and reinstate Congress’ requirements for renewable fuels before the damage is done.