To the Editor:
Despite the negative attitudes some have toward ethanol, advancements in this energy source are a positive change for farmers, Nebraskans, and America as a whole.
There is a misconception that using corn for ethanol limits the food supply. However, field corn is used for ethanol production and livestock feed, and is not typically used in food for humans. Also, there is little waste because the corn leftover from ethanol production is made into a high-protein animal feed providing livestock with essential minerals.
Additionally, annual increases in corn yields offer assurance there will be adequate corn for both food and ethanol.
There was a time when corn was mainly meant for feeding livestock and people, but today corn provides a source of fuel. Farm families benefit from ethanol because it positively affects the corn market which, in turn, farmers can gain a steady income from ethanol to survive in this tough economy.
Moreover, farmers can continue to supply food for livestock, Nebraskans, and Americans.