September 24, 2012

Goodlatte meets with farmers, businesses about ethanol mandate

Sixth District Rep., Bob Goodlatte prefers that the renewable fuel standard that leans heavily on corn ethanol be eliminated.  And if it is not eliminated, the congressman wants the standard at least suspended until corn production can recover from this summer’s disastrous national drought.
The congressman’s anxiety for the agricultural community has heightened this summer as a drought ravaged the production of corn in the Midwest, and made it more costly for Shenandoah Valley livestock and dairy farmers to feed their animals.  On Tuesday, Goodlatte took his concerns to the stakeholders. He traveled to the Staunton Stockyard, to the Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative grain unloading station in Harrisonburg and to an Augusta County farm.  Tuesday’s visits capped a two-day tour that included stops in Roanoke on Monday at the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. and an Olive Garden Restaurant.  Read More

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