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Driving along Interstate 70 from eastern Kansas all of the way through Illinois and Indiana, the harvest is winding down for this year. Farmers are already making their decisions for what varieties of seed that they will plant this spring, and ordering their fertilizers, making sure that they have what they need to put the crop in the ground. That crop that can and will keep America growing: Corn.

Corn farmers today are continuing to harvest an abundant crop and meet all needs for food, feed, fuel and fiber. By providing a value-added market for farmers, the U.S. ethanol industry is an unrivaled engine for job creation and economic opportunity throughout rural America.

The U.S. ethanol industry supports nearly 400,000 Americans all across the nation. In addition, in the past year alone, ethanol added more than $53 billion to the national Gross Domestic Product and displaced the need for more than 445 million barrels of imported oil, valued at $34 billion.

Plain and simple, the ethanol industry is saving money for American consumers and producing jobs during a time of financial difficulty for rural America.

The ethanol industry has had a positive impact not only on rural America, but every American citizen as well. We must continue to invest in domestically produced fuels and we must continue public policies that allow our biofuels industry to continue its evolution. We must put the power to change Americaís energy, economic and environmental future in the hands of those that have long been at the tiller: American farmers.

If you have a questions about ethanol, go straight to the source, ask an American farmer. After all, they are the people who raise the food to fuel your body, why not encourage and support them in fueling the economy and our great nationís energy needs?

Kristen Fenner

Agriculture educator

Sweet Springs

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