SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The South Dakota Corn Growers Association has adopted a policy on carbon pipelines and property rights that the group says acknowledges “the important economic role of the pipeline in meeting the demands of consumers and future customers.”
The issue of carbon pipelines has been a divisive one in agriculture, with
largely coming in on the side of the need for such pipelines to take carbon dioxide to places where it can be stored in order to
, while many property owners have expressed
and issues surrounding whether
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has denied permits to
, Summit plans to
South Dakota Corn Growers is a membership group of corn growers in the state. The Corn Growers Association policy, which was adopted at the group’s Jan. 20 annual meeting in Sioux Falls, has two parts. Here are the policy positions, in full:
- Part of SDCGA’s core mission is to support in-state corn grind, including helping to ensure that opportunities exist for future market development for value-added corn products within South Dakota. Because of that mission, we support carbon pipelines to lower the carbon intensity score of ethanol plants. It is also imperative that the processes used to complete these projects show respect for landowners’ property rights. We believe eminent domain, while sometimes necessary, should be used as a tool of last resort.
- We support carbon capture and transportation technology that increases the profitability and financial sustainability of South Dakota corn producers.
“Our membership supports policies that facilitate the potential for continued and improved demand for corn grind here in South Dakota. The SDCGA will also work towards and back solutions that help to incentivize voluntary easements,” said Dave Ellens, Corn Growers Association president.
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