The E-Xchange — Corn
There is no empirical evidence to support the argument of a University of Wisconsin study, which claims U.S. cropland has expanded since 2008. USDA data clearly show that the area planted to field crops was more than 1 million acres smaller in 2012 than in 2008.
NASS published a report last month that offers comprehensive surveyed data on co-product output from the ethanol industry. The survey from USDA’s statistical arm has been a big success and is already providing badly needed information to help enhance the public’s understanding of our industry.
Some biofuel critics continue to claim corn ethanol is “not economical.” Perhaps they haven’t noticed that wholesale ethanol prices have been an average of $0.71 per gallon lower than wholesale gasoline prices so far this year. Or maybe they didn’t notice that for the first time in nearly eight years, a bushel of corn—the primary input in the ethanol process—costs less than a gallon of gasoline. The price of a 56-pound bushel of corn, which yields 2.8 gallons of ethanol, averaged just $3.57 in July, while the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline hit $3.61.
James Conca’s recent article in Forbes badly mischaracterizes the recent IPCC reports and rehashes long-disproven myths and misinformation about corn ethanol. RFA responded with facts.
Geoff Cooper responds to US ethanol causing "indirect land use change" and the continuous annual reduction in deforestation rates resulting in the lowest point since 1988.
Kelly Davis recounts her trip to northeast Asia as part of a trade mission to discuss U.S. ethanol policy, import and export capabilities, trends in corn co-products, and other important issues.
“Don’t believe everything you read.” Never have truer words been spoken. Here is a fact check of the January 6th New York Times article “As Biofuel Demand Grows, So Do Guatemala’s Hunger Pangs” by Elisabeth Rosenthal.
This summer, several governors have submitted letter to the EPA requesting a waiver of the RFS for 2012 and 2013. Analysis from the RFA shows that waiving the RFS requirements for 2013 would actually result in a net increase in annual household spending of approximately $24-$85 due to increased spending on gasoline. Thus, waiving the RFS in 2013 would do more harm to American consumers than if EPA allows the program to continue to function as designed.