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U.S. Dept. of Agriculture goes to bat for farmers over ethanol

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture will go to bat today (Thursday) for corn farmers in Wisconsin and elsewhere who've taken a public relations beating over ethanol.

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Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer and other top agency officials will hold a news conference to make the case for corn-based fuel.

Twenty-six Republican senators want to cut this year's ethanol production mandate in half, and scrap higher standards for 2022.

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