Drought's toll hits Nebraska ethanol producers hard

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Minneapolis, MN

#1 Feb 13, 2013
Drought's toll hits Nebraska ethanol producers hard

Source: Omaha World Herald-AP

ST. LOUIS (AP)– The persistent drought is taking a toll on producers of ethanol, with corn becoming so scarce that nearly two dozen ethanol plants have been forced to halt production.

The Renewable Fuels Association, an ethanol industry trade group, provided data showing that 20 of the nation's 211 ethanol plants had ceased production over the past year, including five in January. Most remain open, with workers spending time performing maintenance-type tasks. But ethanol production won't likely resume until after 2013 corn is harvested in late August or September.

Industry experts don't expect a shortage — millions of barrels are stockpiled and the remaining 191 plants are still producing. Still, there is growing concern about what happens if the drought lingers through another corn-growing season.

“There's a lot of anxiety in the industry right now about the drought and a lot of folks watching the weather and hoping and praying this drought is going to break,” said Geoff Cooper, vice president for research and analysis for the Renewable Fuels Association.“If we get back to a normal pattern and normal corn crop, then I think the industry is in good shape.

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Seattle Slew have at it

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Feb 13, 2013
Only Obama would support an industry that takes food stuffs and converts it to fuel.

PLUS there are unanswered questions on how efficent the production really is. Many say it takes more energy to produce ethanol that it's worth in terms of energy produced by the process.

Add in the difficulties of shipping and burning and it makes a person question why on God's green earth are we doing this?

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