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Sorghum for Ethanol Increases

19 March 2012

US - Around one third of the current sorghum crop is used to make ethanol. However, the industry is hoping to see that number grow.

Speaking at Commodity Classic earlier this month, Terry Swanson, Chairman of the National Sorghum Producers said, “We have to be unified.”

Mr Swanson stated that compared to other commodities used to produce biofuels, sorghum growers are a relatively small group.

Mr Swanson continued: "Some areas are having huge issues with dry weather, crop insurance is critical. Sorghum is a very water tolerant crop.

"A third of our sorghum crop goes to ethanol, another third to livestock feed and the rest goes to foreign markets, so biofuels are really, really important to us."

Terry Swanson is a grower in Colorado. He said that biofuels and the issues surrounding them, including the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) are very important.

The RFS is the major driver of increased ethanol use in the US today.

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