Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, October 14, 1995, Image 206

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Farm Calendar
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Tuesday, January 16
Lime, Fertilizer, and Pesticide
Conference, State College,
Pleasant Gap, 9:30 a.m.
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Kauffman Community Cen
ter, 9:30 a.m.
Berks County Crops Day,
Berks County Ag Center,
York, 9:30 a.m.
Lehigh/Northampton County
Crops Day, call extension
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Cumberland County Com Clin
ic, 9:30 a.m., call extension
Bucks/Montgomery County
Crops Day, Family Heritage
Chester County Crops Day,
Newcastle, 12:30 p.m.-3:30
Armstrong County Crops Day,
Kittanning, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Huntingdon County Crops
■— Clinton Administration Reaffirms
Secretary of Agriculture Dan
Glickman voiced the Ginton
Administration’s strong oppos
ition to a House Ways and
Means Committee proposal to
end the excise tax exemption
for ethanol. According to
National Com Growers Asso
ciation (NCGA) President Rod
Gangwish, this proposal is the
biggest threat the ethanol
industry has ever seen.
The proposal as outlined by
Committee Chairman Bill
Archer (R-TX) in the Commit
tee’s budget reconciliation
package would “cap ethanol
production at current levels
and would virtually guarantee
that there would be no new
investments in ethanol produc
tion,” Glickman said. The pro
visions also would reverse a
recent Department of the
Treasury rule, which has facili
tated the use of ethyl tertiary
butyl ether (ETBE). It removes
the primary excise tax exemp
tion mechanism which will
shutdown some existing
According to Glickman, this
congressional effort to reduce
or repeal the exemption would
have a devastating impact on
the nation’s com farmers and
effectively halt a period of
unprecedented growth in the
ethanol industry.
“As a result, ethanol produc
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tion would decline by as much
as SO percent from current pro
jections,” Glickman said. The
U.S. Department of Agricul
ture estimates that com net
farm income could decrease by
$3.6 billion over the seven
vear period FY 1996-2002,
compared to current projec
tions. On a state-by-state basis,
that would mean decreases of
$6OO million each in lowa and
Illinois and $3OO million or
more in the states of Indiana,
Minnesota and Nebraska.
Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) Administrator
Carol Browner also voiced
support for ethanol, calling it
“a vital part in reducing air pol
lution” in her agency’s quest to
give U.S. citizens clean air.
Not only does ethanol reduce
carbon dioxide emissions and
smog, but Browner also said
that renewable fuels such as
ethanol combat global warm
ing. In its support of ethanol,
EPA has proposed the elimina
tion of the oxygen cap on refor
mulated gasoline. The agency
has also proposed model pump
labeling so consumers can
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knowledgeably choose a
renewable fuel, and has asked
the National Academy of Sci
ences to review date on fuel
certification so ethanol can be
used in summer months.
The NCGA has worked
closely with the Administra
tion in its efforst to increase the
use of ethanol. “We all know
how hard the battle has been to
build an ethanol market.
NCGA, its state associations
and members have worked
together to make that happen,”
Gangwish said. “Sixteen years
ago there was no ethanol mark
et, and today we produce and
sell 1.4 billion gallons of etha
nol from com each year. That
market is now at risk, and we
appreciated the Administra
tion’s insistace that this prop
osal not become law.”
NCGA is conducting a mail
ing campaign for its com grow
er members to contact Speaker
of the House Newt Gingrich,
Their plea: that Gingrich and
fellow legislators remove the
proposal before final action is
taken by the U.S. House of