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:
Â· 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.
Â· Support – should the blender’s credit be extended – development of a countercyclical blender’s credit system based on the price of oil.
Â· Support the increased use of bio-diesel as a renewable fuel source.
Â· Will seek and support incentives for capturing and digesting methane from swine farms as an alternative energy source.
Â· 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.
Â· 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.
Â· Support the incremental early release – without penalty – by USDA of Conservation Reserve Program acres back into crop production.
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