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We've also been talking about the drought a whole lot lately rising temperatures in farm country if crippled the summer's corn crop -- sent corn prices to new highs -- Farmers and ranchers struggle with higher cost lawmakers stepping in now hoping to ease their burden.
By getting the EPA to -- an ethanol fuel requirement the eases up to 40% of our nation's corn crop.
Governor Jack mark -- of Delaware is one of those lawmakers petitioning the EPA he joins us now on the telephone governor welcome to you.
Thank you -- I'm sure you know that last Friday a federal appeals court dismissed legal challenges to the EPA's move to expand ethanol use.
Give me some perspective is that a setback for your -- Well what we're focused on here's the -- -- the early on behalf of our poultry industry important across the country.
With the drought and with the that would be all the -- go into ethanol.
It's reducing the amount of -- available for up Buddhist Citic paper up -- -- That's driving up the price poultry but threatening jobs in the poultry industry and store asking or Tuesday a waiver this the mandate for some of -- So you governor of Delaware governor -- cal along with north Carolina's governor Arkansas and Maryland all got together wrote.
A letter to Lisa Jackson at the EPA essentially asking to wade -- federal requirements as you're describing for blending corn ethanol with gas so.
Just give me status have you heard back from the EPA hasn't been a response.
I have not have not heard back yet order were hoping that they'll say -- careful look on the impact.
In the poultry in street which is you can imagine really export industry well over 101000 job -- and our state has a lot of just resources.
Well outside of those jobs you mention that are at risk what other eight environmental economic -- could.
Could result if this waiver it if they -- -- is not -- Well it for the problem is that with the with -- -- C.
-- the production is just way way down -- could have a huge impact.
On us food prices more more broadly certainly -- beef prices and were concerned about what that means for consumers as well well this.
Company 40% reduction in corn crop yield that was the forecast you gave in that letter we are talking back to the EPA sticking with that status that which are expecting in terms of the.
Yeah I'm particularly for places where you don't have the irrigated and in Delaware the majority of our land there or -- Not irrigated about seventy -- that underdog but doesn't is irrigated.
And of course -- additions so.
But places without -- irritation that the.
The Chicago Tribune headline declares loud and clear using food for fuel is unconscionable.
But if you do get this waiver on.
Can you be certain governor mark tell that it's not -- back if you will for the expansion of renewable energy.
There are so many things going on in Naperville still these -- were -- that we're first sells everything from book solar wind.
Think there's requested -- whether this is best used that it does conversations book and.
Yes indeed one quick comment on chicken prices are we seeing.
A -- -- chicken prices should we expect a sharp one around the country.
Well I think the issue is very difficult for the chicken companies -- -- It is it is difficult for customers to have sort written increased as difficult -- companies.
Sort sort of price increase without raised -- -- that chicken -- the -- is that the other.
Governor mark hell of Delaware thank you so much for get to the -- connected -- US -- you hear me here as this issuance -- thanks very much thank you have.
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