Nebraska Ag Secretary Blasts EPA

DES MOINES, IA - Nebraska's Secretary of Agriculture testified about the benefits of ethanol Thursday at a national hearing Iowa about what's known as the Renewable Fuel Standard.  The Environmental Protection Agency proposes cutting back the RFS, or how much ethanol is required to be blended with gasoline.  Ag Secretary Greg Ibach says the corn-based fuel has become a vital segment of the state's economy.  Ibach says if the E-P-A cuts the ethanol requirement, it would be an adulteration of policy, which devalues decades of research and development.  Nebraska is the nation's number-two ethanol producer, behind only Iowa, with 24 operating plants that generate more than two-billion gallons of ethanol each year.