The Ethanol Question? The Long Term Impacts on AG Remain to be Seen
by: Eric Grant
Part one of two
Colorado’s South Platte River pushes its way from Denver, across the high plains, before it spills into Nebraska. Its path anchors the western edge of one of the world’s largest corn-producing regions, which stretches from the Ohio prairie to the edge of the Rocky Mountains.
At one time, most of the corn produced here was fed to livestock. Now, much of it will be used to produce ethanol for an increasingly energy-hungry planet.
For Mike Konkel of Evans, Colo.-based Great Western Ethanol, it’s a good thing for both America and its livestock producers that ethanol production has finally gotten traction.