Ethanol has been a boon for American farmers, and while the public knows this, its elected officials need to be educated, said Robert White, the Renewable Fuels Association's director of market development. "As each year goes by, more and more people are sent to Washington to represent their home state with no rural background whatsoever. And so the rural message, the ethanol message, can get lost in the urban and city environment and conversations," he said.

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