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President to address renewable fuels in State of the Union

What measures will President George Bush deem necessary and expedient Tuesday, in his annual State of the Union address to Congress? Last year's speech included not a single mention of the words farm, ranch or agriculture. This year could be a different story.

The President is expected to use broad strokes to talk about a handful of big picture issues. White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Friday the speech "will reflect the priorities that the American people care most about."

Energy and renewable fuels are expected to be on the list of topics the President will address Tuesday night when he takes the podium. That could be of interest to farmers.

In last year's speech, Bush spoke about his "comprehensive energy strategy," which he said would encourage conservation and alternative sources, among other things. He said his proposed budget would provide "strong funding for leading-edge technology - from hydrogen-fueled cars to clean cars to renewable sources such as ethanol."

Toward that, the President last summer signed into law an energy bill that includes a renewable fuels standard for ethanol and biodiesel long sought by growers.

Many in the farm industry are hoping the President would also mention the upcoming 2007 Farm Bill, which Ag Secretary Mike Johanns has been doing background listening on for some months.

Virginia's newly installed governor, Timothy Kaine, will deliver the Democrats' response. A statement released Thursday by the leaders of the Democratic party offered an inkling of the tone of that message, saying Kaine will discuss the "Democratic vision that focuses on the priorities of all Americans.

"Governor Kaine has been a champion for working families, putting their priorities above the needs of the special interests," the statement said.

Televised coverage of the speech begins at 8:00 p.m. Central time on Tuesday.

What measures will President George Bush deem necessary and expedient Tuesday, in his annual State of the Union address to Congress? Last year's speech included not a single mention of the words farm, ranch or agriculture. This year could be a different story.

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