Can livestock, ethanol co-exist?
By Roy Roberson, Farm Press Editorial Staff
American Cowman Magazine
Can ethanol production of 8 billion to 10 billion gallons per year and livestock production live in harmony in the U.S.? And, if so, who will pay the price of competition?
These were among questions in hot debate at the recent annual meeting of the Virginia Soybean, Corn and Grain Association in New Kent, VA.
On one side of the debate was Doug Anderson, vice-president of Smithfield Foods, who contends a high percentage of ethanol plants will go broke, economically choking on the high price of corn. And, U.S. consumers will pay the high price of pork and other meat products.