The Green Plains Energy ethanol plant near Central City, Nebraska (File: Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media)
The Green Plains Energy ethanol plant near Central City, Nebraska (File: Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media)

The Trump Administration is voicing its support for the ethanol industry, but without specifics it is hard to say what that means exactly for Midwest farmers.

In a letter to industry leaders gathered at the National Ethanol Conference, President Donald Trump said renewable fuels “are essential to America’s energy strategy.”

The president wrote that he aims to reduce the regulatory burden on the renewable fuels industry, but did not detail specific plans.

“All The President’s Men” was published in 1974.
“All The President’s Men” was published in 1974.

Over here at Harvest Public Media, we may not have Deep Throat. But we do have Undercover Cowboy.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln student research technicians and Brandon Stewart, left, and Rob Fenton, test samples as part of a study on E. coli. (Jack Williams for Harvest Public Media)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln student research technicians and Brandon Stewart, left, and Rob Fenton, test samples as part of a study on E. coli. (Jack Williams for Harvest Public Media)

When the dangerous organism known as Shiga toxin-producing E. coli gets into the food system, it can be deadly. 

That’s why more than 50 researchers at 18 different institutions are hoping to find ways to identify and wipe-out the strain in beef, as part of a major USDA-sponsored study. The $25 million project began in 2012 and was recently extended for at least another year.

So far, researchers have found ways to differentiate harmless strains of the E. coli bacteria, which is naturally present in most humans and warm-blooded animals, from the nasty Shiga toxin-producing kind, known as STEC.

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