The American Meat Institute (AMI) has joined a number of agriculture associations in expressing serious concerns over a new proposal from the ethanol industry that would extend the expiring ethanol blenders credit and import tariff on foreign ethanol, create new corn ethanol subsidies and change the definition of advanced biofuels to include corn ethanol in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

Although AMI supports the need to advance renewable and alternative sources of energy, the organization strongly believes it is time that the mature corn-based ethanol industry operates on a level playing field with other commodities whose largest input cost is corn. Favoring one segment of agriculture at the expense of another does not benefit agriculture as a whole or the consumers that ultimately purchase our products, AMI argues.

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