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USDA chief defends ethanol subsidies in Minn.

There are 6 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Apr 21, 2011, titled USDA chief defends ethanol subsidies in Minn.. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Ending current subsidies for the corn ethanol industry would cost jobs and make America more dependent on foreign oil, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday.

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corn crock

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Apr 21, 2011
Ethanol refineries use enormous amounts of water and natural gas, and release carcinogens and strong odors.

Why not mandate that farmers, USDA and agribusiness employees utilize ethanol in all of there business and personal vehicles?

How can you sleep at night when you subsidize a system that turns food into fuel when people are starving?

What will turning field debris and other cellulosics into fuel do to soil quality?
Constitution

Long Beach, CA

#2 Apr 21, 2011
The USDA, along with a bunch of other bureaucratic black holes, should be on the budgetary chopping block.

Time to end farmer welfare.
Farmer Marlin

Merritt Island, FL

#3 Apr 21, 2011
STOP THIS TOTAL INSANITY!!
where were

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Apr 21, 2011
The Tea Partiers protesting cropfare?
Perhaps heading to the mailbox to pick up a government USDA check?

“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#6 Apr 21, 2011
Corporate Welfafe.

End of discussion.
Ron

Two Rivers, WI

#7 Apr 21, 2011
The USDA should be put in the same catagory as public broadcasting, unemployment ins that lasts over 3 months, subsidizing the Arts, and most forign aid and simply get rid of it. Farmers can sell their grain and other product on the open market, to the highest bidder. They do not need all the millions of dollars (that goes to ADM and the largest few anyway).

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