November 16, 2012 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the agency denied the request by several states to grant a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  The agency spokesperson indicated no evidence was found to support the claim that producers in particular livestock are being hurt by high corn prices due to the 2012 drought and diversion of corn to the production of ethanol.  The EPA indicated their decision was based on analyses and modeling done in partnership with the US Department of Agriculture and the US Department of Energy.  For more information see the EPA news release.

Kim Cassel