The increase in Nebraska ethanol plants in recent years has brought benefits to farmers growing corn and raising livestock, observers say. The facilities offer better prices for corn because they need the feedstock for production, and the byproduct, distiller's dried grains, can be used to feed livestock. "The cattle feeders in the area are glad that we're back in town so they can basically buy their feed. It gives them another option for feeding their cattle. We have the byproducts here. To try to use our products it might be cheaper to them than using their own corn," said Brian Constable, plant manager at Green Plains Renewable Energy's facility in Atkinson, Neb.

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