Action Alert: Corn Growers don’t let Hormel get away with its anti-farmer campaign

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Corn growers across the United States hold Hormel CEO Jeff Ettinger, chairman of the American Meat Institute, personally responsible for a direct attack on the livelihood of corn producers through its deceptive anti-ethanol campaign.

“The fact that this attack comes from an agribusiness based in Minnesota really hurts,” said DeVonna Zeug. “The laundry list of lies in AMI-sponsored ‘Follow The Science Web Site’ – that corn ethanol is bad for the environment, bad for engines, drives up food prices—all these assertions fly in the face of facts we hope are obvious to everyone. We are asking farmers, and everyone concerned about America’s future, to contact Mr. Ettinger and ask him to retract his lies.”

To see the blatant lies for yourself, go to

The contact information for Ettinger at Hormel is:

Jeffrey M. Ettinger

Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer

Hormel Foods Corporation

One Hormel Place

Austin, MN  55912

(507) 437-5611

And let your local newspaper know how you feel about Hormel’s betrayal of farmers.

Millions of road miles on E10 over more than a decade disprove the notion that ethanol additive is bad for conventional gasoline engines. A growing body of tests forming the evidence presented in the case of the E15 and the required use of E20 in Minnesota as of 2013 shows there are no engine performance, materials compatility or emissions problems—and as one would expect from a fuel that contains less gasoline, these higher ethanol blends reduce air pollution.

If ethanol were driving the price of its main ingredient corn, then the continued growth of ethanol production should mean continuing elevated corn prices. But this is not the case. And though corn has dropped dramatically, food prices charged by Hormel and its colleagues remain sky-high, and Hormel’s profits are up in the sky with them.

Most experts tie the increase in commodity corn prices in 2007 to the speculative bubble that started in commodity oil and spread to metals and farm products—once the bubble burst, the price per bushel for corn fell to levels near to the price before the speculative frenzy. We have yet to see a retreat of food prices.

“We join NCGA in urging everyone to act today,” said Zeug. “Our friends in Congress need to know about the strong support for the Renewable Fuels Reinvestment Act, which would extend current ethanol incentives for the next five years. We also want Washington to know about the continued support of most Americans for ethanol as the EPA approaches its decision on a waiver for E15.”

To take part in the NCGA action alert in support of the Renewable Fuels Reinvestment Act, go to


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