The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to “develop a pump label to prevent misfueling of vehicles and engines not authorized to use E15 fuel and to provide manufacturer certification to sell E15,” according to the publication InsideEPA. That seems to indicate that the agency will raise to 15 percent from the current 10 percent the amount of ethanol that can be blended into gasoline.
Such a move would increase corn usage by the ethanol industry. NPPC has insisted that the Obama administration and EPA study the impact that ethanol production has on feed prices for livestock producers.
While the U.S. pork industry has not opposed the use of ethanol and the country’s goal of reducing its dependence on foreign oil, pork producers have paid a price, literally, in the form of much higher feed costs. Due mostly to those higher costs, pork producers have lost nearly $24 on each hog marketed since October 2007, and the pork industry has lost more than $6 billion.