Ethanol Report Proving a Hit Across Sector

URBANA - A University of Illinois Extension IT report on ethanol is generating significant interest from farmers and the agricultural supply trade.
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"The ethanol report was downloaded 33,000 to 35,000 times in the first three weeks following its posting," said Robert Hauser, head of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics which oversees the website.

"Corn-Based Ethanol in Illinois and the United States" includes nine chapters whose authors include members of the department and other departments in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Subject areas range from ethanol economics at the local level to the use of distillers dried grains in livestock feed to ethanol policy and politics.

"The goal of the report is to provide objective information to Illinois stakeholders, cutting through the emotion, political, and economic self-interests that often dominate discussions about ethanol production and use," explained Hauser, who wrote the report's introduction and co-authored another chapter.

In existence for several years, the farmdoc IT service focuses on agricultural marketing, finance, management, law, policy, and other issues. It is drawing about 250,000 page requests each month, and from producers and ancillary businesses in the agriculture sector.

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