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Energy bill will help Missouri farmers, Talent says

Senator Jim Talent (File).


St. Louis, MO – U.S. Senator Jim Talent of Missouri says corn farmers in the state stand to gain from a giant energy bill that Congress is finalizing this week.

One of the bill's provisions mandates that 7.5 billion gallons of ethanol, made mainly from corn, be put in the nation's fuel supply by 2012.

Talent says the energy bill will have long-lasting effects beyond the Corn Belt.

"I mean every gallon of ethanol that we use is a gallon of oil we don't have to drill or import and it's good for the environment, as well," Talent said.

"I think this bill, this energy bill, is going to lay the basis for decades of prosperity. It's maybe the most important thing Congress does this year."

Some still oppose the energy bill, saying it caters to large oil and gas companies, and it doesn't do enough to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

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