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Livestock farmers seek pause in ethanol production
Corn supply » Obama administration, backed by corn growers, sees no need for a waiver.

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That brought a quick retort from Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who went to the Senate floor to compare Pope to Henny Penny, the character from the children’s story "Chicken Little" who warned everyone that the sky was falling.

"Why did farmers plant 96 million acres of corn this year? Why have seed producers spent millions to develop better yielding and drought resistant traits?" Grassley asked. "The answer is simple: ethanol."

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Farmers want ethanol delay

Drought demand » Rising feed costs in the Midwest drought are prompting livestock farmers and ranchers to demand that the EPA waive production requirements for corn-based ethanol.

Fueling controversy » Government standards require that 13.2 billion gallons of ethanol be produced this year to reduce greenhouse gases and dependence on foreign oil.

Cord field » 40 percent of the nation’s corn goes to ethanol producers, with 36 percent for feed. The rest is for processed food and exports. Critics say ethanol is a big factor in corn rising from an average $2.15 a bushel six years ago to more than $8 today.

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