WPR News
8:40 am
Thu June 14, 2007

Farm Bureau Says Ethanol Rush Could Hurt Ranchers

Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation is worried that demand for corn as an alternative fuel source will disrupt the state's farming and ranching industry.
The group's executive vice president, Ken Hamilton, says emphasis on corn for ethanol production has raised its price. The increase is then felt by livestock producers who must pay more to feed their cattle. Hamilton says that's a problem in Wyoming where livestock makes up 80 percent of the state's agriculture business. Hamilton also says some farmers have stopped growing hay in Wyoming to take advantage of the profits in corn. He spoke at a town hall meeting on energy this Wednesday in Cheyenne.