2020 In Hindsight
Enough unbelievable things happened this year to fill an entire history book, including an expansive chapter on corn alone! After a forgettable 2019, we entered 2020 with high hopes of a better year. Thankfully good news came in bunches that January.
First came the signing of the China trade deal at the White House. Then, a few days later, the Tenth Circuit Court agreed with our position that the EPA was improperly issuing small refinery exemptions. Five days after that, we were back at the White House for the signing of the U.S. Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Not a bad way to start the year if you ask me.
We rode that momentum into a record-setting Commodity Classic in San Antonio, celebrated those wins together and returned home to an emerging crisis that would define the remainder of the year. As winter turned to spring, COVID-19 flipped the world on its head and knocked farmers off our feet. Instead of giving in, we helped our neighbors out.
It started with ensuring our essential farmers were designated essential workers in their communities so they could continue farming. Our focus then turned to Congress to push the federal government for COVID relief to help farmers cope with the disaster that wreaked havoc on our primary markets.
Meanwhile, our state associations got creative and teamed up with ethanol plants to produce enough hand sanitizer for a world that suddenly needed a lot more of it. To help those that were struggling, we raised money for local food banks. We took to our fields to show our appreciation for our medical workers. And we created an amazing agricultural curriculum for teachers to integrate into their quarantine lesson plans.
Back on the farm, our attention shifted from pandemic to planting. We thought mother nature had cut us some slack until the derecho gave too many another reminder of who’s in charge. And just as our combines started rolling, the year that delivered one surprise after another saved a few pleasant ones for the end.
Commodity prices have rallied since September, lifting spirits and raising expectations for a strong run in 2021. And Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) introduced the Next Generation Fuels Act, a game-changing bill that paves the way for the future of our fuel.
This report contains more detailed information on all these efforts and many others. Please take a few minutes to review this report to get a better feel for the significant accomplishments we made together in 2020.
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