Missouri's Beef Council Backs Ethanol
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Missouri's Beef Council Backs Ethanol

Date: October 11, 2007
By: Micah Wiener
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: Despite rising prices, the director of Missouri's Beef Council says ethanol is a good thing for his business.

Micah Wiener has more from the State Capitol:

According to USDA data, beef prices have gone up between 2-4 percent in the past year.

In Missouri and across the country, Corn prices have gone up because ethanol has fueled more vehicals... and fueled more demand for the crop.

John Kleiboeker is the Executive Director of Missouri's Beef Council.

He says the price of corn is just one part of the increase in meat prices.

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The Ethanol distilling process also creates protein bi-products that can be fed to cows and other animals. 

Missouri is the 2nd largest beef production state in the country.

From the Capitol, I'm Micah Wiener, KMOX NEWS


Intro: At least 70 percent of new state vehicles in Missouri will run on ethanol.  Micah Wiener tells us why some are skeptical about committing to the fuel.

A current mandate requires half of the state's government vehicles run on E85 fuel. 

According to the global subsidies Initiative, Missouri currently gives 19.3 Million Dollars in subsidies toward ethanol and biodesiel production.

That's the third highest total in the country, behind Minnesota and Illinois.

Carlisle Runge is an economics professor at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities as well as an expert on Ethanol.

He says the fuel is percieved as green and renewable, he says it is neither.

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He says the fuel is not independent because it relies on oil prices, and that ethenol is depleting food supplies worldwide because it raises the price of corn.

Even with the increase in corn costs, the Executive Director of Missouri Beef Council says ethenol is good for his industry.

From the Capitol City, I'm Micah Wiener.