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April 26, 2001

Corn Growers Advance Ethanol for the Nation's Energy, Environmental And Economic Interests

The nation's corn growers say ethanol deserves a leading role in emerging national energy policy because it delivers energy security, promotes environmental stewardship and revitalizes rural communities.

Lake Preston, S.D., farmer Lynn Jensen -- chairman of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) -- testified yesterday before the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Rural Development and Research.

Jensen provided an up-to-date portrayal of the U.S. ethanol industry, noting that given the uncertainty about this nation's energy supplies, the arguments promoting ethanol are compelling. He said the current cost of producing ethanol lies in the range of $0.95-1.10 per gallon and research shows that for every 100 BTUs of energy used to produce ethanol, 135 BTUs of ethanol are produced.

"Ethanol facilities are not only cost effective, they are energy efficient... Therefore, the myth that it takes more energy to produce a gallon of ethanol than is contained in the ethanol itself is just that: a myth," Jensen noted.

Citing research conducted by the Argonne National Laboratory, Jensen testified that ethanol produces 32 percent fewer emissions of greenhouse gasses than gasoline for the same distance traveled.

"Last year, ethanol production set a new record, utilizing more than 600 million bushels of corn, or about 6.5 percent of the crop to produce 1.63 billion gallons of fuel ethanol," Jensen explained. "Corn demand created by ethanol kept valuable farmland resources in production, adding as much as $3 billion to the income of our corn farmers."

The viability of the ethanol industry hinges in large part on government policy, he said, adding, "Given the uncertainty regarding how the Administration will respond to California's request for a waiver from the federal reformulated gasoline program (RFG), growers' investments in new ethanol plans are on hold."


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