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NEWS UPDATE August 22, 2012

Georgia, New Mexico join call for end to US ethanol rule

  •  Reuters  •  Posted August 22, 2012

Two U.S. states that depend on the livestock industry are adding their voices to a string of states asking Washington to ease pressure on corn prices by suspending rules that send a large share of the crop to produce ethanol. Georgia, the center of U.S. poultry production, and New Mexico, with its large cattle industry, this week asked federal officials to suspend a program that encourages converting corn into ethanol fuel.
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Iowa Corn conditions continue decline

Dan Piller, Des Moines Register  •  Reuters  •  Posted August 22, 2012

The condition of Iowa’s corn crop worsened last week, with the percentage of poor to very poor corn rising two percentage points to 53 percent. Soybeans are in better shape, benefiting from recent rains and cooler weather as their pods set. Thirty-seven percent of the crop is rated poor to very poor, identical to last week’s rating, while 25 percent is good to excellent.
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Editorial: Leave renewable fuels standard alone

By Stephanie Herseth Sandlin & Tom Ewing, Politico  •  Reuters  •  Posted August 22, 2012

America is suffering from the worst drought since the Dust Bowl. Thirty-two states have been declared natural disaster areas, rural communities are hurting, and lawmakers from the local, state and national level are looking for solutions. As often happens in times of crisis, a potential solution is being touted that would have drastically negative consequences in the long run – altering America’s Renewable Fuels Standard, or RFS. [ read more … ]

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