Corn, Ethanol Producers Fire Back at Allegations

Posted at: 11/13/2013 10:51 PM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 News) -- Corn growers and ethanol producers are on the defensive after a recent Associated Press article claims the ethanol industry isn't living up to its clean energy ideals.

Now industry leaders are firing back in response to a number of claims they say simply aren't true.

The AP article said corn growers are responsible for turning five million acres of conservation land into fields for corn production.

But the Renewable Fuels Association says that land was only cultivated because the 2008 Farm Bill called for a 7 million acre cap reduction for conservation land.

The AP also alleges that corn growers are using more fertilizer and ethanol plants are emitting considerably more greenhouse gases than before, but industry leaders say it's really the exact opposite.

“We’re starting a new process where we're converting the corn kernel fiber into ethanol,” said Delayne Johnson, CEO of Quad County Corn Processors. “Ethanol is actually creating a 126 percent greenhouse gas emission reduction compared to gasoline."

Many corn and ethanol producers have said they don't think the negative press will have an impact on the industry, saying they hope consumers will do their homework.