The Western United Dairymen, a group representing much of the dairy production in California, has been outspoken on this issue, calling the ethanol incentives “flawed policy.”
“These subsidies must stop immediately,” Western United Dairymen CEO Michael Marsh said last December. “These subsidies have driven up the cost of all feed grains and, due to inefficiencies in the process, will not move the U.S. along the road to energy independence. It is time to move on before this government policy wreaks additional irreparable damage to the U.S. animal agricultural sector.”
Not only that, food prices in the grocery store are going up, putting further pressure on consumers. Everyone knows what energy prices are doing: They are going through the roof, regardless of whether ethanol is there to offset tiny amounts of foreign oil or not.
But the national debt is the overriding concern. All sectors of the economy, including agriculture, must step up to the plate and make sacrifices. And, agriculture has a perfect place to start.