Texas Ag Forum

“Government will try to do something and not realize that sometimes they have tilted a system.”

Susan Combs is the state comptroller.

“Policy makers as they decide how to use government to incentivize things needs to look at all those pluses and minuses.”

“When government, whether it’s state, local, or national, when you put your money on an option, you are going to have consequences because you have put your money on that option.”

Toby Baker is Governor Perry’s natural resources and agriculture advisor.

“I think what the governor would say is that he wants to put the brakes on this just a little bit and take us back to 2007 numbers for ethanol, just to make sure we cover all our bases before we do have some unintended consequences.”

Baker says some producers have already been adversely affected.

“Our state’s largest independent pork producer is in the process of going out of business.”

“His feed costs have gone up 50% in the last year. The Livestock Marketing Information Center has shown that our feeder cattle have had the highest losses in history since they’ve kept their records.”

“We’ve seen some really large protein producers Smithfield and Pilgrim’s Pride have some staggering 100 million dollar losses, and I think the governor’s concern is what’s happening to our small rural producers.”

Bill Pentak works for Panda Ethanol in Hereford.

“We need the mandates so we can have a level playing field.”

Gregg Doud is an economist for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

“The cattle industry and cattlemen in this country, all they’ve asked for in this entire situation is the ability to compete on a level playing field with the ethanol industry for that bushel of corn.”

We’ll continue the food versus fuel debate next week.

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