Allegations that ethanol production has come at the cost of food production and land conservation are unfounded, according to the editorial board of the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star. A study by the Department of Agriculture showed that a typical ethanol plant converts one bushel of corn into 2.8 gallons of ethanol and 17.5 pounds of nutrient-rich animal feed, the editorial notes. As for the issue of land conversion, Congress should strengthen the country's land-conservation program instead of blaming the ethanol industry for its shortcomings, the editorial states.

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