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Dropping oil prices damaging Kansas ethanol industry


HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A sharp drop in gas prices around the world is challenging the ethanol industry in Kansas, with two plants currently idle and nine having decreased production by at least 40%.

Gas prices were declining before the coronavirus outbreak, but they have dropped by more than 50% since the pandemic began. Prices for ethanol, which makes up 10% of much of the fuel in the U.S., also plunged, The Hutchinson News reported.

As of April 20, the Renewable Fuels Association reported about 70 ethanol plants nationwide were idle and nearly 70 more plants had reduced their operating...

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