Ethanol demand could trim grassland

Ethanol demand could trim grassland

Federal study predicts losses would be heaviest in central portion of S. Dakota

By Ben Shouse

Sioux Falls Argis Leader

A new federal report suggests that ethanol demand could accelerate the loss of native grassland in central South Dakota, but there are serious gaps in the data.

Farmers have been converting grazing lands and Conservation Reserve Program acres to crops for several years. That has raised concerns about wildlife habitat and the productivity of the land should it return to grazing in the future.

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