ST. LOUIS (KMOX)- Saying that it’s matured enough to carry on without them, Missouri’s Agriculture Director believes the state’s ethanol industry will survive and thrive despite the end of federal subsidies.
Dr. Jon Hagler tells KMOX that the federal subsidies which ended January first have done their job, “They were vitally important, they’ve done a great service not only for agriculture but I think from consumers. As we move away from them and shift into the next generation of production I look for other ways to expand the use of alternative fuels.”
Hagler says the ethanol industry has matured a lot faster than many other industries, “It’s really the third or fourth generation. We’re looking at folks now coming into the business who are looking at alternative crops. They may not be going with corn ethanol but may be going with switchgrass or some kind of waste product.”
Hagler credits ethanol with keeping Missouri gas prices lower than neighboring states and says as long as fuel prices remain high, there will be a demand for alternative fuels.
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