The 2014 Indiana Corn Growers Association officer team includes (from left) Treasurer George Morton of Lebanon, President Herb Ringel of Wabash, Vice President Mike Nichols of Rockport and Secretary David Gottbrath of Pekin.
The 2014 Indiana Corn Growers Association officer team includes (from left) Treasurer George Morton of Lebanon, President Herb Ringel of Wabash, Vice President Mike Nichols of Rockport and Secretary David Gottbrath of Pekin.

INDIANAPOLIS — Herb Ringel of Wabash was re-elected president of the Indiana Corn Growers Association by the board at its meeting in December.

Also elected were: Vice President Mike Nichols of Rockport, Treasurer George Morton of Lebanon and Secretary David Gottbrath of Pekin.

The association board works to develop sound policies that protect and promote the interest of Indiana corn farmers and consists of farmer-directors from across the state.

“With the challenges to the Renewable Fuel Standard and lack of movement on the farm bill, it is critical for our lawmakers to hear from Indiana corn farmers on policy that affects how we raise our crops, how we can compete in a global economy and how we build new markets for our corn crop,” said Ringel, who is in his second term as president.

“As we move into 2014, our main focus is to defend the RFS as the Environmental Protection Agency seeks to drastically cut the amount of ethanol that petroleum companies are required to use. This has a direct effect on each and every corn farmer as we have seen corn prices drop below the cost of production since the announcement,” he said.

The association is asking Indiana corn farmers to let EPA know that its decision to lower the corn ethanol requirement under the RFS is hurting their farms, as well as rural communities across Indiana that have seen growth because of the ethanol industry.

More information and directions on how to submit comments can be found at www.ncga.com/rfs.