LINCOLN — Most people know of ethanol as a clean-burning, affordable option at the pump. It’s true that Nebraska’s ethanol plants consume nearly half of the corn grown in Nebraska and produce high-quality dried distiller grains to support livestock operations. The industry has also become more efficient over time, using fewer bushels of corn to produce a gallon of ethanol thanks to the ingenuity and innovation of hard-working Nebraskans.

Ethanol has already overcome much and still faces obstacles ahead. Between trade wars, small refinery waivers, the pandemic, and now the emergence of electric vehicles, the future of ethanol production, corn prices, good-paying jobs these ethanol plants support, and the value of farmland are at risk.

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