Beltway Beef Audio

Date: 7/31/2012

Title: Beltway Beef Audio News

As drought conditions become the worst in 50 years and corn yields are expected to drop significantly, a coalition of meat and poultry organizations ask the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to waive the federal mandate for the production of corn ethanol. NCBA President J.D. Alexander made it clear where NCBA stands on ethanol.

He says, “NCBA supports American ethanol and what it has done for rural communities in Nebraska and many other states throughout the country.”

Alexander, who is a cattleman from Nebraska, also stated where NCBA does not stand.

“We do not stand for federal mandates picking winners and losers. We do not stand for the manipulation of corn prices. We do not stand for a federal government sitting patiently by, forking over taxpayer dollars, artificially inflating the price of corn for livestock producers and other end-users,” says Alexander. “We also find it concerning to the viability of the livestock industry that these mandates are allowed to continue today in the worst drought I have seen in my lifetime. Seventy percent of cattle country is under drought conditions.”

"We truly feel the NCBA... a grassroots organization and there is power in numbers. Where else have you been part of a crowd of 6,000 people who salute the flag and say prayer before an annual conference?"

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