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NPPC urges end to ethanol subsidies

At the National Pork Producers Council's annual business meeting March 3 in Anaheim, California, producer delegates approved several resolutions related to ethanol.

Urging broad support for a federal market-based bio-fuels policy, producer delegates voted to:

· Support allowing the 51-cent per gallon ethanol blender's tax credit and the 54-cent tariff on imported ethanol to expire. The blender's credit is set to expire Dec. 31, 2010; the import tariff Dec. 31, 2008.
· Support - should the blender's credit be extended - development of a countercyclical blender's credit system based on the price of oil.
· Support the increased use of bio-diesel as a renewable fuel source.
· Will seek and support incentives for capturing and digesting methane from swine farms as an alternative energy source.
· Urge the federal government to appropriate funds for research on the use of bio-fuels co-products for swine feed rations and for research on swine utilization of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and their impact on meat quality and animal health.
· Support the findings of a Center for Agricultural and Rural Development study on the impact of corn-based ethanol production on the livestock industry and asks that they be considered during formulation of the 2007 Farm Bill.
· Support the incremental early release - without penalty - by USDA of Conservation Reserve Program acres back into crop production.

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