Ag and ethanol producers work together

NEBRASKA - By Ginger ten Bensel With more and more ethanol plants in production, the price of corn is going up. But that is affecting the price of beef, causing beef producers to pay more for cattle feed. Beef producers, corn producers and ethanol producers are all looking at ways to come together as a team to make it a win win situation for everyone.
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The Nebraska Cattleman's cattle, corn and ethanol challenges and opportunities meeting was held in Minden Thursday.

This is one of six that will be held throughout the state to help the three segments find a way to work together.

They came from all over southwest and central Nebraska to learn more about what they can do as producers to strengthen the cattle industry the ethanol industry and the corn industry as a team.

“The ethanol industry is very important to our county, but we want to find a balance between how much corn that is used for ethanol and how much corn is used for livestock. We need both,” said Nebraska Cattlemen President Jay Wolf.

And that balance is something that all three entities are looking for.

“When the corn prices goes up a lot of times the cattle prices go down cause you cannot afford to feed it,” said Extension Educator Duane Lienemann. “Ethanol is an important process of the corn industry and also an important ingredient for fee that we fee our cattle in the feed lots.”

Source: KHAS TV
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