In Drought-Stricken Midwest, It's Fodder Vs. Fuel
by: Dan Charles, NPR, July 26, 2012 3:07:00 am
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As the drought continues to afflict the nation's corn belt, hog and chicken farmers are competing with ethanol factories for scarce and increasingly expensive corn. Meat producers say it's not a fair competition, because government rules call for a minimum level of ethanol production, no matter what the cost. They're campaigning for a suspension of those rules.
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