The federal ethanol program should include a provision for relief from the mandate for corn-derived ethanol in the event of a crop shortage, the National Chicken Council told a National Research Council committee investigating the impact of the regulation. Such a shortage could leave poultry and meat producers lacking in animal feed, according to the council.


Under the Renewable Fuels Standard, the motor fuel industry is required to add specified amounts of biofuels to gasoline every year – including 12 billion gallons of corn-derived ethanol this year. Some 36% of the nation’s corn crop will go into ethanol production by 2015, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts.