By PHILIP BRASHER Gannett Washington Bureau Corn growers and ethanol producers have long counted on the Iowa caucuses to guarantee the industry had political clout in Washington. There was little in the results Tuesday that should be disappointing. Two of the candidates the industry was most worried about — Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Minnesota [...]
With $13.5 in annual sales, Iowa ethanol production is a vital component of the state’s most important economic sector – agriculture. Iowa’s 41 ethanol biorefineries produce 3.7 billion gallons of ethanol and 10.7 metric tons of distiller animal feed every year. This economic activity supports nearly 48,000 jobs while adding $2.4 billion to Iowa paychecks. Iowans Fueled with Pride is intent on fostering a comprehensive debate on future energy policy that recognizes the economic, energy security and environmental benefits of increased ethanol use.