US Pork Producers request RFS waiver
The National Pork Producers Council in the US will
request that the federally-mandated target for corn-based ethanol production be
The NPPC will urge the Environmental Protection Agency that the state of
Texas be granted a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard and that the amount of
biofuels to be produced in 2008 be reduced to 4.5 billion gallons from 9 billion
gallons. The EPA has until July 24th to make a decision.
NPPC says pork
producers have been feeling the pinch of higher prices for feed, which accounts
for 70 percent of the cost of raising a hog. According to NPPC, increased global
demand for crops, drought conditions in parts of the world and the RFS
requirement have fueled even higher grain prices.
Recent flooding has
also reduced the estimated average yield per acre. The expected shortfall along
with a mandated 38 percent increase in ethanol production over last year has
producers very concerned about having physical access to corn to feed their
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