Urging broad support for a federal market-based biofuels policy, producer delegates at the National Pork Producers Council’s annual business meeting held on March 3 in Anaheim, Calif., approved several resolutions related to ethanol.

 Among the items that the producer delegates voted on include:

  • Support allowing the 51-cent per gallon ethanol blender’s tax credit and the 54-cent tariff on imported ethanol to expire. The blender’s credit is set to expire Dec. 31, 2010; the import tariff Dec. 31, 2008.
  • Should the blender’s credit be extended, support the development of a counter-cyclical blender’s credit system based on the price of oil.
  • Support the increased use of bio-diesel as a renewable fuel source.
  • Seek and support incentives for capturing and digesting methane from swine farms as an alternative energy source.
  • Urge the federal government to appropriate funds for research on the use of bio-fuels co-products for swine-feed rations and for research on swine utilization of distillers dried grains with solubles and their impact on meat quality and animal health.
  • Support the findings of a Center for Agricultural and Rural Development study on the impact of corn-based ethanol production on the livestock industry, and ask that they be considered during formulation of the 2007 Farm Bill.
  • Support the incremental early release – without penalty – by USDA of Conservation Reserve Program acres back into crop production.

 Source: National Pork Producers Council