Promoting his energy plan, President Bush recognizes the challenges facing pork and poultry producers from the rapid rise in ethanol production. The National Pork Producers Council praised the president’s perception of pork producers’ plight.

Talking to workers at a DuPont plant in Delaware, the president noted that ethanol produced today comes from corn, and there are pork and poultry producers that need corn to feed their animals. He acknowledged that it will be a strain on the capacity for the U.S. to have enough ethanol to become less dependent on oil.”

“We very much appreciate the president’s sensitivity to our industry’s issues with ethanol,” says NPPC president Joy Philippi, a pork producer from Bruning, Neb., “and we look forward to working with the president and his secretaries of agriculture and energy on his energy proposals and on mitigating their impact on the pork industry.”

In testimony Jan. 10 before the Senate Agriculture Committee, NPPC cited several concerns for pork producers with the boom in ethanol production, including increased feed input costs, diminished corn stocks and issues with using distiller’s grains – an ethanol by-product – in pig diets.

NPPC, which supports the president’s goals of energy security and independence through the development of a vibrant and robust domestic renewable fuels market, also is pleased with the Bush administration for adopting as part of a proposed Alternative Fuels Standard a “safety valve” to protect against unforeseen increases in the prices of alternative fuels or their feedstocks.

In a letter sent recently, NPPC and other livestock groups asked Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns to establish a working group within USDA to study the emerging biofuels economy and its implications for producers, the livestock sector and consumers.

Source: NPPC, AP