Wednesday, July 18, 2012

USDA'S Vilsack says drought will spike crop prices--Chicago Tribune

"U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the worsening Midwest drought will result in sharply higher crop prices but maintained there is no need yet to seek a reduction in corn-based ethanol production.",0,4801350.story


  1. Food and animal feed should come far ahead of fuel with regard to usages for corn! Global food and feed security are far, far more important than short-term ethanol/fuel production mandates. We need flexibility to readjust such climate interrelated mandates.
    Prof. Dr. Donald Huisingh
    Environmental Scientist
    Univ. of Tenn.

    1. See Aug. 11, 2012 post of for updates to the ethanol situation.

  2. How long will the government wait to forego ethanol subsidies, already under severe criticism for their unwanted contribution to global climate change? We now KNOW that the sever drought affecting the cornbelt, in the US midwest, WILL have devastating effects on global food and feed costs, affecying the lievelihoods of millions around the world. In the light of such FACTS, continued ethanol subsidies and policies that foster biodiesel production from corn would be unethical, irresponsible and downright short sighted.

  3. See Aug. 11, 2012 post of for updates to the ethanol situation.