Local farmers react to ethanol restriction change

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Local farmers react to President Trump lifting some of the restrictions on ethanol gasoline.

The change would allow year-round sales of gasoline blends with up to 15 percent ethanol.

Right now, there’s a summertime blend that contains less ethanol but that would no longer be needed, creating more demand for ethanol.

Corn farmers say this helps them because it opens up more markets for their corn.

“Anything that gets rid of corn creates the market to go up,” said Farmer Dan Cole. “In ethanol, they roughly get three gallons of ethanol from a bushel of corn. Then they have roughly 17 pounds of dried distiller screens which is livestock feed leftover and that’s a byproduct.”

Farmers also say you could see a drop in prices of regular gas at the pump too.

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