House Passes Energy Bill With Higher Ethanol Mandates
Corn growers won in the passage of the energy bill in the House yesterday. The bill doubles the mandate for ethanol (made from corn) to 15 billion gallons by 2015. "Well, there's no question we're excited," National Corn Growers Association Ron Litterer told the Brownfield Network . "We've been advocating for a long time that we can do a 15 billion gallon RFS and this is our first step in getting that done."The National Pork Producers Council and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association opposed the higher mandates. Both groups use grain as a feedstock — and grain costs have nearly doubled in the last year. The bill now goes to the Senate.