Growth Energy: America’s Farmers, Ethanol Producers Fulfilling Food, Feed and Fuel Needs

WASHINGTON, DC – Growth Energy, the coalition of U.S. ethanol supporters, released the following statement in response to the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report on the size of the 2010 corn crop. The February report for crop and yield remained unchanged from January forecasting the third largest crop and fourth highest yield in history for the second month in a row.

“I have said it before and it looks like I will say it again, America’s farmers are second to none when it comes to production,” said Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis. “Our farmers are getting more corn out of every acre thanks to better science in seeds, precision farming, and technology and they will continue to meet our nation’s demands for food, feed and fuel.

“For anyone who would attempt to blame biofuels for food insecurities I would remind them that ethanol produces both fuel and food. One third of every bushel of corn is returned to the food chain in the form of a highly-valued livestock and poultry feed known as Dried Distillers Grains. Ethanol production only removes the starch from the corn kernel, leaving behind the protein, fiber and oils that livestock and poultry producers desire.”

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About Growth Energy
Growth Energy is a group committed to the promise of agriculture and growing America’s economy through cleaner, greener energy. Growth Energy members recognize America needs a new ethanol approach. Through smart policy reform and a proactive grassroots campaign, Growth energy promotes reducing greenhouse gas emissions, expanding the use of ethanol in gasoline, decreasing our dependence on foreign oil, and creating American jobs at home. More information can be found at