The Wall Street Journal ran a letter to the editor today from National Corn Growers Association President Bob Dickey, stressing how ethanol has worked to boost corn output and help family farmers. The letter was sent in response to an earlier letter that criticized ethanol production as harmful to farmers. Dickey’s response outlined both why ethanol is good for family- run farms and how U.S. farmers continue to satisfy growing demands for food, feed and fuel.

“According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, corn yields continue to grow and farmers are expecting a record corn supply of 14.7 billion bushels this year, a bountiful harvest that will more than meet all needs,” Dickey wrote. Further, evidence indicates that increased ethanol production does not drive up the price of corn. While ethanol production has continued to increase, “the corn price is significantly lower than it was just two years ago, down to $3.35 a bushel today from $4.20 a bushel in 2007.”

Instead of being detrimental to farmers, “ethanol is good for farmers because 95% of the U.S. corn supply grows on family-run farms that depend on prosperous and stable markets for their crops,” The letter said. Ethanol ensures that there is a large enough market for the bountiful harvests that industrious U.S. growers produce.

The Wall Street Journal did shorten the letter originally submitted by the NCGA. To read the letter as published in the Wall Street Journal, please click here. To read the full text of the letter as submitted, please click here.