Ethanol mandates have the economic effect of putting fuel uses of corn in front of all other uses, and of forcing ethanol blenders to pay whatever price for the corn they must buy in order to refine the amount of ethanol necessary to meet fuel needs. This ties the price of corn to the market price of oil.
Since chicken and to some extent beef and hogs are feed so much corn, the price of their meat is strongly related to the price of oil.
Because of the fact that ethanol is at best a marginal improvement on the issue of “sustainability”, and because it is just silly to burn such a high percent of the corn crop, these mandates should be eliminated entirely. If ethanol-blended motor vehicle fuels are such a great idea, people will buy them anyway.
Now buckwheat, don’t forget, as the left-wing and arab oil countries forget, the EtOH process also produces a high-protein by-product that is fed to the livestock you mentioned. 60% of the budget is going to handouts for the non-productive, and you leftists feel the need to target the nation’s most productive industry and major export.