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Ethanol Divides Missouri Corn, Livestock Producers

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - A new state law that requires increased use of ethanol is becoming a dividing line for Missouri farmers.

The law has meant an increased demand for corn, a main ingredient in ethanol.  That's good news for corn farmers, who are getting record prices for their crop. 

But livestock farmers are upset because of the cost of feeding their herds has gone through the roof.

Rep. Mike Dethrow, a hog marketer from rural southern Missouri, supported the ethanol mandate two years ago.  But he has filed legislation to lift the requirement.  He says if he knew then how the mandate would increase corn prices, he would not have voted for it.

But corn farmers say foreign demand and a dropping American dollar are much bigger factors in the livestock feed prices puzzle than ethanol.

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