Energy and farmland values

March 5, 2008
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You probably arenâ??t begrudging farmers and others for the record farmland prices theyâ??re enjoying.

But those prices wouldnâ??t be so high if the ethanol plants popping up across Indiana and elsewhere in the Midwest werenâ??t using so much corn.

Now weâ??re feeling an unintended consequence. Expensive grain is contributing to the recent uptick in inflation as prices for food and other products made from grain pick up speed.

Is our increasing reliance on ethanol wise energy policy?
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  • I still feel comfortable having Ethanol as an energy source. It brings revenue back to Indiana and the Midwest. Now, if the farmers are wise enough, they will pass the wealth on in their spending habits with the rest of the Midwest, it will trickle down through our economy.

    On the health concern. I have three points I would like others to address...
    1.) Renewable speed of Ethanol vs Renewable speed of Traditional Unleaded gas.

    2.) Short term and Long term Effects on our enviorment on the Ethanol vs Unleaded.

    3.) Cost of food (vegies, grains, and meat) production vs the cost of shipping with the new Ethanol gas.
  • If the same effort to produce energy from corn were directed toward using the grass mown along interstate highways each year, we wouldn't have to see the spike in corn prices and having land costs escalate.

    We simply cannot generate enough energy from corn (1 crop per year) to justify the long term effort compared to the measly percentage difference it makes in reduction of the use of oil and derivatives.

    Mow the grass on a regular basis and use it to get more bang for the buck.
  • Can we get Ethanol gas from Grass clippings? If so, that is one of the biggest investments that will have high output.

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