WASHINGTON – The National Turkey Federation (NTF) said Tuesday that it commends Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s introduction of a freeze of the federal ethanol mandate.


Hutchison, R-Texas, entered legislation freezing the corn-based ethanol mandate at 9 billion gallons for 2008. Increases on corn and feed have been blamed on more corn being used to create the biofuel.


“While even stronger measurers ultimately will be needed, this legislation represents an important first step in making needed adjustments to our nation’s renewable fuels policy,” the NTF said in a statement.


NTF said that it supports all actions that could help relieve escalating feed costs.


Hutchison’s legislation is the latest reaction by government officials to limit how much corn is diverted to fuel, following requests from Texas and Connecticut for renewable fuel standard adjustments.