MASON CITY, Iowa- For the first time this campaign season all of the candidates for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture are in one place and they are talking about the Renewable Fuel Standard.
The RFS is a federal program that requires fuel solid in the US to contain a minimum amount of renewable fuel, such as ethanol.
All of the candidates were in agreence that the standard needs to be upheld, which is good news for many area businesses.
Julie Billings works at the Mason City Renewable Energy Group where hey breakdown corn oils and make bio diesel. On Thursday she hoped to hear about how each candidate feels about the RFS because it plays a big part in the state’s economy.
According to RFA, around 400 million gallons of bio diesel is produced each year in Iowa’s 12 refineries.
“It has a big impacted on the industries and for people such as REG for producing bio diesel to complete with other industries and big oil we need to have those it’s very very important.”