What Others are Saying
Please do not reduce the RFS. Our farm depends on income from both the crop and livestock side of agriculture. The crop income has been greatly enhanced by the economic value generated by the ethanol industry . Much of the angst in the food versus fuel debate was created by the outright speculation in the commodity markets by fund managers and investors who recognized the self help and generally locally controlled industry generated by the ethanol plants and wanted to be a part of it. Much of the hurt in the livestock industry was caused by this extra speculation in the markets rather than the farmers and investors who created the ethanol plants for a long term demand source for our corn that we produce here in rural America. I lived through the fluctuating demand when we relied only on export markets as a demand driver for our crops and that approach to rural stability was not without its short comings and challenges either. I believe that the use of ethanol should be maintained and actually allowed to expand as a consistent demand base for our corn. The ability of the American farmer to meet the challenges of increased demand for our agricultural products is truly an American success story and should not be held captive by jealousy or political agendas that would detract from this source of home grown clean energy. Please do not lower the RFS. Thank you.
M.M., Dodge Center, Minnesota