2021 Ag Media Summit

Ag and Biofuels Groups Congratulate President-Elect Biden

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Farm Bureau Federation was one of the first agricultural organizations to congratulate President-elect Biden on his election as called by news organizations over the weekend.

“President-elect Biden’s term and a new Congress begin a new chapter in America’s story. Agriculture has been part of that story since the very first chapter, and we stand ready to work with our elected leaders to ensure farmers and ranchers regain their footing so they can help make America stronger and more prosperous,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall in a statement.

Mary Kay Thatcher, who is Senior Manager of Federal Government and Industry Relations for Syngenta, served as AFBF’s primary policy adviser for 30 years. In an interview last week, Thatcher talked about what a Biden presidency could mean for issues important to agriculture biofuels, regulation, and trade issues. “I think that farmers are more concerned about EPA and the rules that might be overturned with a Biden presidency than any other issue,” said Thatcher.

Here is that part of the interview
Syngenta's Mary Kay Thatcher on ag issues (4:59)

RFA LogoRenewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Geoff Cooper also offered his congratulations to President-Elect Joe Biden and says they look forward to working with the Biden administration on issues important to the ethanol industry. “Mr. Biden made it clear as he was campaigning that he would put a stop to the abuse at EPA of the small refinery exemption program on day one,” said Cooper. “We’ve got a promise, we have a pledge from Mr. Biden that he will put a stop to these exemptions.”

RFA also congratulates the House and Senate members who won their races and Cooper says the ethanol industry has plenty of allies on the Democrat side in Congress who will have the ear of the new president.

Listen to comments from Cooper on a Biden presidency.
RFA CEO Geoff Cooper comments on Biden presidency (4:07)

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