As I was reading this week's Crop News Weekly (Feb 21) I was commenting
on how 7/8 of the articles are on ethanol and questioning the values and
long term "opportunity". Then I read the Editors' letter and think he
addressed some good points, even if he did not mention how this will
impact organic corn (which is a whole other important issue). But read
for yourself and Please share your comments with the group (hit reply
all) on the fate of ethanol production, maybe in your own town.


Editor's Note 

Logan Hawkes
02/21/2007    Crop News Weekly 
There continues to be a mix of optimism and careful reluctance when it
comes to the issue of the 2007 corn boom. On one end of the argument we
are being told we can't plant enough corn this year to fuel the ethanol
plants and the need for raw material to produce farm-based alternative
fuels. On the other end of the argument we're being warned that the raw
material ethanol market is changing too fast for us to simply jump on
the corn bandwagon and switch our crops around in anticipation of the
market boom. It seems each week we're flooded with arguments both pro
and con about changing our crop over to corn, and for the farmer who is
thinking seriously about making such a change, it's all getting rather
confusing. On one hand, who wants to be left behind when it appears the
market is going to be begging for more raw material in the very near
future? But then who wants to be among the thousands that do answer the
call if the market fails to reach its potential? The answer is elusive
at best and depends on so many variables. Will the spotlight remain on
corn-based ethanol or will Congress push for accelerated cellulosic
technology development which could put a lid on the attractive corn
market? It's an issue that many of us are pondering and one that will,
no doubt, continue to evolve as we struggle with the decision to produce
more corn acres.


Have a good week



Vicki Morrone

Organic Vegetable and Crop Outreach Specialist

Michigan State University

C.S. Mott Sustainable Food Systems

303 Natural Resources Bldg.

East Lansing, MI 48824


517-282-3557 (cell)

517-353-3834 (fax)



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