Saturday, October 12, 2013

Kristin Olsen: Drop corn ethanol mandate to save California dairies

I call this the Clash of Government Regulations: Damned if you do and Damned...if you do.
Our California dairies have suffered immensely in recent years due to a variety of factors, including low milk prices; but one major factor is the exponentially rising cost of feed.

The federal Renewable Fuel Standard program is the primary cause of this cost challenge because it mandates that gasoline consist of up to 15 percent corn ethanol, which uses the same corn farmers use to feed their livestock.

The competition between the corn market and the government corn ethanol mandate is creating grave challenges for our California farmers, and their ability to feed their livestock and, ultimately, the nation.

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