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State ag chief urges campaign for ethanol

January 8, 2014

LAMBERTON — Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner David Frederickson visited the Highwater Ethanol plant in Lamberton on Tuesday as part of a tour to encourage a letter writing campaign t......

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Jan-10-14 12:59 PM

I like to see a strong farm economy, finding the perfect balance is never going to be easy. Fagen Industries has benefited more than any individual farmer has from the Ethanol mandate - just go to the next land auction and see who buys it...

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Jan-10-14 10:42 AM

Ethanol use decreased our reliance on foreign oil and reduced the amount of harmful emissions pumped into our atmosphere. However, continued use of corn to produce ethanol is not sustainable. Switchgrass and algae are a better alternative to corn. Our ability to develop energy using biomass and waste material is critical to our future economic growth and our environment. I hope the Agricultural Commissioner’s promotion of ethanol is based on the premise that preserving production facilities are of greater importance than is the continued use of corn to make ethanol. If not, then he appears to be promoting a policy that will ultimately result in failure.

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Jan-09-14 7:08 PM

Get rid of the ethanol mandate. Outrageously high corn prices have hurt us all at the grocery check-out. Farmers are "raping the land" to wrecklessly persue corn profits. And our current administration has had to make a number of assumptions and lofty projections to be able to consider ethanol a *barely* "green" energy. Enough is enough - stop throwing bad ideas at bad ideas.

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Jan-09-14 6:45 PM

The nation needs a more sensible approach to energy and environmental issues than a heavy reliance on corn-based ethanol. Congress should end the mandate to mix corn ethanol into the nation’s fuel. A handout to the agriculture industry is not an acceptable substitute for thoughtful federal policies. The mandate the by law says that around 44% of the corn must be turned into ethanol. That alone is the reason for the price of land to explode.

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Jan-09-14 1:45 PM

The basic premise behind ethanol and other "green" energy products was that subsidies were needed in the early stages until the fuel became competitive with gasoline. With high oil and gas prices in place for a number of years, the goal should have been realized and subsidies should be phased out over the next five years.

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Jan-09-14 8:23 AM

Please remember the reason that corn started being used to produce ethanol and sugars. Corn prices were terribly low, corn supplies were in over abundance (the government paid farmers to store corn for long periods of time on farm), and the ag economy looked like the housing/stock market a few years ago.

Fast forward to today as farmers have a good market for their corn (domestic and internationally), agriculture is a thriving industry in our community, and the youth are actually coming home to farm and not leaving our community for jobs in the big city.

Without a strong ag economy, imagine what the Marshall community would look like. I'm pretty sure our community would be shrinking, businesses closing, unemployment rising, youth once again leaving, and a lost feeling of hope.

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Jan-08-14 1:59 PM


Move away from ethanol. Develop resources and technologies that nourish the land and support people. There are better ways to use our rich land.

Corn for sugar and gas is not the solution.

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