Ethanol mandate destroying dairy industry

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    It seems that the ethanol mandate is about to drive food prices up even higher, which multiple experts in this forum have repeatedly assured me is impossible.

    Ethanol relief vital to state's cows - SFGate
     
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    I'm entirely against ethanol subsidies.

    But that doesn't change the fact that as politicians on both sides of the aisle will continue to support them.
     
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    I hope dairy prices hit the roof.....and are no longer affordable........ that is the ONLY way this issue will be solved.
     
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    It sure doesn't, does it?
     
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    It was astoundingly retarded of the morons who mandated specific amounts of ethanol production without taking into account the weather during the growing season.

    But then, astoundingly retarded is D.C.'s default mode.
     
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    As long as the Iowa caucuses are first, ethanol subsidies will exist.
     
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    I am not defending ethanol mandates, in fact I do not like them.

    However, the main cause of the dairy farmers' problems are the drought. Long before there were ethanol mandates, cattlemen slaughtered their cattle after droughts when grain prices rose.

    I remember there was a big drought in California in the 70s. Severe water shortages. I bet a lot of cows were slaughtered then, too.

    This is nothing new under the sun.

    This is why I bought a half a cow earlier this year from a local farmer. I'm eating steak that cost me less than what a pound of ground beef goes for right now. :lol:

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    The main cause at the moment is that the government has mandated that a certain percentage of gasoline sold in the US contain corn based ethanol, and it will subsidize the cost of buying corn to meet that mandate. Everyone else has to pay the price without government help. The drought has just exasperated that situation.
     
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    Making fuel out of food is a stupid idea.
     
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    Um...The drought caused corn that could have been used for feed to be pushed into the ETOH for fuel scam.

    Seen the price of beer lately?
     

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