Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version

February 2005


Published in Cornhusker Economics, 02/16/2005. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Ethanol production in the U.S. has mushroomed at the rate of nearly 20 percent per year in this young century. In Nebraska, ethanol production increased from about 500 million gallons in 1999 to over 700 million gallons in 2004. Furthermore, recent Nebraska plant construction suggests that it can be expected to increase by at least another 40 percent within the next year or two.