Cattlemen want to throttle back biofuel
NCBA urges focus on sustainable energy independence
Jimmy’s cracking corn for biofuels is hardly drawing apathy among members of the cattle industry.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is the latest industry group to air concerns as Congress completes energy legislation mandating that 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels be produced by 2022, with 15 billion gallons of fuel coming from grain-based sources such as corn.
The bill differs from the current Renewable Fuel Standard, which calls for production of 7.5 billion gallons by 2012 – a significantly more manageable mark than the 36 billions gallons mandated by the new bill, NCBA spokesmen said.
NCBA members have adopted policy opposing increasing this government mandate.