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Wed Nov 13, 2013, 10:40 PM

Prairies vanish in the US push for green energy


http://apnews.excite.com/article/20131113/DAA1JE8G1.html

By CHET BROKAW and JACK GILLUM

ROSCOE, S.D. (AP) - Robert Malsam nearly went broke in the 1980s when corn was cheap. So now that prices are high and he can finally make a profit, he's not about to apologize for ripping up prairieland to plant corn.

Across the Dakotas and Nebraska, more than 1 million acres of the Great Plains are giving way to cornfields as farmers transform the wild expanse that once served as the backdrop for American pioneers.


In this Oct. 24, 2013 photo Robert Malsom checks corn in one of his fields near Roscoe, S.D. Malsam nearly went broke in the 1980s when corn was cheap. So now that prices are high and he can finally make a profit, he's not about to apologize for ripping up prairieland to plant corn. (AP Photo/Doug Dreyer)


This expansion of the Corn Belt is fueled in part by America's green energy policy, which requires oil companies to blend billions of gallons of corn ethanol into their gasoline. In 2010, fuel became the No. 1 use for corn in America, a title it held in 2011 and 2012 and narrowly lost this year. That helps keep prices high.

"It's not hard to do the math there as to what's profitable to have," Malsam said. "I think an ethanol plant is a farmer's friend."

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 13, 2013, 10:43 PM

1. Oh, the prairies aren't completely gone

 

Some federal project (or maybe state, or maybe just the U of M) is regrowing a prairie right in the middle of Huron Parkway, in Ann Arbor, so that the deer can leap out in front of traffic and get killed.

I hate it. Can't think of a less appropriate place to put one.

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Wed Nov 13, 2013, 10:58 PM

2. so is he gonna give back any farmer welfare $$ he raked in when prices were low? doubt it nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 13, 2013, 11:45 PM

3. Guess the Dust Bowl causes were forgotten, wh?


gee, no one could have foreseen......

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