Corn Growers Praise Bioenergy Budget

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from National Corn Growers Association

    ST. LOUIS, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Corn Growers Association
 (NCGA) is praising Secretary of Energy Spence Abraham for recognizing the
 important role plant and crop-based products can assume in the future of U.S.
 energy.
     The Department of Energy (DOE) budget calls for reducing the Industries of
 the Future budget by 36 percent; however Secretary Abraham successfully
 protected the DOE Ag Vision 2020 program from any cuts.  The Ag Vision program
 focuses on helping ag, forestry and chemical industries increase the use of
 crops instead of petroleum as feedstocks to produce consumer goods including
 plastics, paint and adhesives.  The program's goal is for plants to become the
 source of 10 percent of chemical feedstocks by 2020.
     "Every product we produce from plants increases the amount of petroleum
 that is available for other uses and benefits the environment with
 renewables," said NCGA President Lee Klein, a farmer from Battle Creek, Neb.
 "Long-term we can increase farm income by several billion dollars if we use
 plants instead of petroleum for 10 percent of the industrial market."
     In addition to protecting the Ag Vision program, Secretary Abraham
 included $5 million in the budget for an integrated Bioproducts/Bioenergy
 program.  This will support research and development projects to use plants
 instead of petroleum for chemical feedstocks, bio-based fuels such as ethanol,
 and other bio-based sources of energy.
     "The NCGA has been a leader in the effort to focus research on renewables
 as a source of industrial feedstocks.  The Ag Vision and Bioproducts/Bioenergy
 programs will decrease oil imports, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase
 recycling opportunities and create new industries here in the United States,"
 Klein explained.
     "Corn Growers are pleased that the Secretary recognizes the importance
 that crops such as corn can play in the production of chemical feedstocks," he
 continued.  "And, NCGA achieved a major victory with the preservation of the
 Ag Vision program and the bioenergy initiative in the DOE budget."
     Klein said NCGA will continue to work through the appropriations process
 to gain additional funding for corn in the DOE Ag Vision program and the
 Bioproducts initiative.
     For more information about NCGA, visit www.ncga.com .
 
 

SOURCE National Corn Growers Association
    ST. LOUIS, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Corn Growers Association
 (NCGA) is praising Secretary of Energy Spence Abraham for recognizing the
 important role plant and crop-based products can assume in the future of U.S.
 energy.
     The Department of Energy (DOE) budget calls for reducing the Industries of
 the Future budget by 36 percent; however Secretary Abraham successfully
 protected the DOE Ag Vision 2020 program from any cuts.  The Ag Vision program
 focuses on helping ag, forestry and chemical industries increase the use of
 crops instead of petroleum as feedstocks to produce consumer goods including
 plastics, paint and adhesives.  The program's goal is for plants to become the
 source of 10 percent of chemical feedstocks by 2020.
     "Every product we produce from plants increases the amount of petroleum
 that is available for other uses and benefits the environment with
 renewables," said NCGA President Lee Klein, a farmer from Battle Creek, Neb.
 "Long-term we can increase farm income by several billion dollars if we use
 plants instead of petroleum for 10 percent of the industrial market."
     In addition to protecting the Ag Vision program, Secretary Abraham
 included $5 million in the budget for an integrated Bioproducts/Bioenergy
 program.  This will support research and development projects to use plants
 instead of petroleum for chemical feedstocks, bio-based fuels such as ethanol,
 and other bio-based sources of energy.
     "The NCGA has been a leader in the effort to focus research on renewables
 as a source of industrial feedstocks.  The Ag Vision and Bioproducts/Bioenergy
 programs will decrease oil imports, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase
 recycling opportunities and create new industries here in the United States,"
 Klein explained.
     "Corn Growers are pleased that the Secretary recognizes the importance
 that crops such as corn can play in the production of chemical feedstocks," he
 continued.  "And, NCGA achieved a major victory with the preservation of the
 Ag Vision program and the bioenergy initiative in the DOE budget."
     Klein said NCGA will continue to work through the appropriations process
 to gain additional funding for corn in the DOE Ag Vision program and the
 Bioproducts initiative.
     For more information about NCGA, visit www.ncga.com .
 
 SOURCE  National Corn Growers Association