The renewable fuel standard, which mandates expanding use of ethanol for fuel, always has been a point of contention between grain producers and grain users such as livestock producers. This year’s shrinking corn crop has brought the issue into the spotlight. Last week, we reported on a study from Thomas Elam, president of FarmEcon, LLC, that suggests the RFS drives food and feed prices higher with little or no benefits in terms of petroleum imports or consumption. At the same time, U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) introduced a bill that would allow flexibility in the RFS based on the corn stocks-to-use ratio. Read more about the bill and Elam’s report in “Smaller crop, same ethanol production.”