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25EPA denies ethanol waiver requested by governors and farm groups

Ten governors and a coalition of farm groups were upset on Friday to see the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deny requests that corn production requirements be waived. While corn farmers were likely glad to see the ruling, farmers in the poultry, hog and cattle industries were not. They're seeing big increases in corn-based feed costs in this drought-heavy year as corn is diverted for ethanol used in vehicle fuel. The EPA says that the Renewable Fuel Standard must be enforced and condition

21U.S. farmers say government should rethink ethanol policy during drought

There's one more reason why a higher ethanol-blend requirement is a hot-button issue: drought.

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