According to a recent Farm Journal Pulse, more than half of those who responded do not support a waiver of the ethanol mandate.
The food-versus-fuel debate has resurfaced again, in amongst one of the worst droughts seen in the U.S. With a much smaller corn harvest projected for the country this year, many groups are calling for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to waive its Renewable Fuels Standards (RFS) mandate.
This week’s Farm Journal Pulse, a text message poll of farmers and ranchers, asked: Do you support a waiver of the ethanol mandate due to 2012 drought concerns?
Here are the results:
More than half, 60%, do not believe the ethanol mandate should be waived, due to drought conditions.
See the results on an interactive map:
Read more about the current ethanol controversy:
Short Corn Crop Puts the Squeeze on Ethanol
Groups are calling for an end of the ethanol mandate. Watch this U.S. Farm Report roundtable to see what that means for grain markets.
Ethanol Mandates Need to Be Waived
For dairy and livestock producers, it's a no-brainer. EPA administrators, however, will be under intense pressure from waiver opponents. But there is middle ground.
Waiving Ethanol Mandates Won’t Cut Corn Prices—Much
And when it comes to ethanol and its marriage to the Renewable Fuels Standards (RFS), that conventional wisdom applies in spades.
Lower Corn Production Fueling Calls for Ethanol Waiver
With USDA’s forecast that corn production this year will drop 13% to a six-year low as a result of the historic drought nationwide, the calls to divert more corn for food versus fuel are likely to grow more urgent.
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