The new U.S. farm law would require use of 36 billion gallons of biofuels by 2022, five times more than this year's output, under an amendment offered on Monday as a fallback in case an energy bill falters.
Senate leaders hope to pass the five-year, $286 billion farm bill by the end of this week. Senators also are expected to vote this week on an energy bill, which also would set a 36 billion-gallon (137 billion-liter) "renewable fuels standard."
New Mexico Republican Pete Domenici said the new RFS would "reinvigorate" the ethanol industry, encourage development of cellulose as a feedstock for ethanol and
expand the volume of home-grown U.S. fuels.
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