Vilsack praises renewable fuels studies |

Vilsack praises renewable fuels studies

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Tuesday said that two recent research reports “demonstrate, once again, that America’s renewable energy industry has quickly expanded and evolved since President [Barack] Obama’s administration embraced an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy beginning in 2009.”

Both reports, focused on ethanol and other renewable, were supported by the Agriculture Department. One was published by USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist and the other published by the University of Missouri’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute.

The reports demonstrated, Vilsack said, that “U.S. farmers continue to improve their efficiency in the production of corn for ethanol while the impact of ethanol production on corn production has become marginal.”

“Between 1991 and 2010, direct energy use in corn production has dropped by 46 percent per bushel of corn produced and total energy use per bushel of corn by 35 percent,” he said.

“Moreover, between 2005 and 2010, direct energy use fell by 25 percent and the total energy use by 8.2 percent per bushel — meaning that between 2005 and 2010, the energy required per bushel of corn produced dropped by about 5 percent.”

“The bottom line,” Vilsack, is that “more energy is being produced from ethanol than is used to produce it, by factors of 2 to 1 nationally and by factors of four to one in the Midwest.”

–The Hagstrom Report

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