DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced that he will be making three stops in Northeast Iowa on Tuesday, Jan. 21 to highlight the importance of Iowa’s renewable fuels industry.  During the stops Northey will encourage Iowans to comment on a proposal by the EPA that would significantly lower the levels of ethanol and biodiesel that must be blended in the nation’s fuel supply.

 Northey will speak to a group of farmers in Cedar Falls, visit a gas station offering customers a variety of renewable fuels options in Waterloo and then tour a biodiesel plant in Farley.

 In November, the EPA proposed lowering the 2014 renewable fuel standard, which would dramatically impact Iowa’s ethanol and biodiesel industries.  The EPA is accepting public comments on the proposal until Jan. 28.  Comments can be submitted online at or via email at  All comments should reference Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0479.

 On the evening of Jan. 21 Northey will speak to Maquoketa State Bank’s annual dinner in Maquoketa.

 The details of Northey’s visits follow here:

 Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

Black Hawk County – 10:30 a.m., speak to farmer group, Pipac Center, 1521 Technology Parkway, Cedar Falls

Black Hawk County  - 12:00 p.m., Visit Jim Lind Service Station, 230 E. Ridgeway Ave., Waterloo

Dubuque County – 2:30 p.m., tour Western Dubuque Biodiesel, 904 Jamesmeier Road, Farley

Jackson County – 5:30 p.m., speak to Maquoketa State Bank annual dinner, Centerstone Inn, 1910 Nairn Dr., Maquoketa

 Northey, a corn and soybean farmer from Spirit Lake, is serving his second term as Secretary of Agriculture. His priorities as Secretary of Agriculture are promoting the use of science and new technologies to better care for our air, soil and water, and reaching out to tell the story of Iowa agriculture.