Nebraska's Response of Over 5,000 Letters to EPA Largest in Corn Checkoff History

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Thousands of Nebraska farmers are trying to prevent a $1.2 billion economic loss in the state.

More than five thousand farmers sent letters to the Nebraska Corn Board opposing a recent decision by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA wants to significantly reduce corn ethanol production which the Corn Board said would increase gas prices and greenhouse gas emissions.

The Board's Executive Director said this is the largest response from farmers he's ever seen. "It's a tremendous response. It tells us that farmers are very aware of this issue, it's very personal to them, and it comes at a time when corn prices are at or below the cost of production," said Don Hutchens.

The letters will go directly to the EPA. The Corn Board also said reducing corn ethanol could put thousands of jobs in jeopardy.