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Michigan’s corn growers are hopeful Congress will soon pass Trade Promotion Authority.  That will fast track new trade deals in Asia and Europe.

Jim Zook is with the Michigan Corn Growers Association.

He says the corn market needs a boost, with the price the farmers receive for their corn is at or below the break even price.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Michigan’s ethanol industry leaders are touting a new study that claims ethanol is reducing greenhouse gas emissions.   

The study comes as a fight is brewing in Washington over federal Renewable Fuel Standards.

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Michigan’s corn growers are fighting a proposal to scale back the federal mandate on adding ethanol to the nation’s fuel supply.

Since 2007, the Renewable Fuel Standard has required a sizable portion of the nation’s fuel supply come from ethanol. Most of gasoline sold in the U.S. contains 10% ethanol.

But today is the deadline for the public to comment on a proposal to reduce a federal ethanol fuel mandate.  The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing cutting almost a fifth of the ethanol mandated to be part of the nation’s fuel supply.