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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Energy Bill Impact on Agriculture

This is an article from Purdue University about the impact of the new Energy Bill on agriculture. In the article it compares the impact to that of a boulder dropped in a pond.

Agriculture to see huge impacts from the 2007 Energy Bill

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - President Bush signed into law on Wednesday (Dec. 19) an energy bill that will have a larger long-term impact on U.S. agriculture than the pending farm bill, said a Purdue University expert.

By increasing the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) to 36 billion gallons by 2022, the bill provides a...(complete article here).

One thing that I believe was missed in the article is that the addition of cellulosic capacity to existing corn starch based ethanol plant will not only be used for converting corn stalks and other plant stover to ethanol, it will also be used to convert the bi-products of corn ethanol to ethanol. Where, oh, where will the cattle feeding industry get the feedstuffs necessary to finish cattle?

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