“The President has been very, very clear about this. He wants the biofuel industry to take hold in this country. He wants us to break our addiction to foreign oil. The only way we can do that is by producing our own fuel and the biofuels industry is the way we are going to do that.

“Corn-based ethanol will continue to be part of the solution but by no means the only way to produce ethanol.

“We are working very hard to make sure that we maintain the infrastructure of the ethanol industry in the United States … There will likely be some companies that will succeed and some companies that won’t, but it won’t be because we haven’t been giving them an opportunity to succeed.”

— USDA Secretary Tom Vlsack, in an interview with Reuters