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Michigan corn growers say they need a more stable renewable fuel standard

Oct 11, 2015

Michigan corn growers say uncertainty over the federal renewable fuel standard is hurting the state’s agricultural economy.

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The standard sets the ethanol mixture in gasoline. 

The National Farmers Union released a report this week claiming delays in setting ethanol fuel standards are depressing corn prices. 

“Corn used to be a nice crop to grow, but basically at today’s prices it’s a break-even crop,” says Jeff Sandborn. He grows corn in Portland, between Grand Rapids and Lansing. “When farmers don’t make money they don’t spend money.”

Corn growers are fighting a push by oil companies to get out of a requirement that they blend ethanol in gasoline.

Oil companies say they need flexibility when there are distribution problems with ethanol producers.