Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Ethanol backers say they can add jobs

excerpted from Morris Sun Tribune, 2-21-09

Minnesota's ethanol industry could help produce jobs in a time they are most needed, agriculture supporters told the state's Senate agriculture committee Feb. 19.

Senators heard concerns that they should not cut off subsidies paid to ethanol production plants as they seek ways to balance the state budget. Ethanol supporters credit the funding with launching their industry, among the strongest in any state. Gov. Tim Pawlenty earlier targeted the program for cuts.

The ethanol industry had been quite profitable, but in recent months those profits have dried up.

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