Food, green groups call Senate ethanol plan a mixed bag

Ethanol industry groups were largely supportive of the plan, which comes at a time that political support for industry subsidies is eroding.

"This is not the perfect compromise, but it does demonstrate the willingness of American ethanol producers and advocates to do their part to address budget concerns while not sacrificing the progress and evolution of the industry," said Bob Dinneen, CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, a major ethanol trade group.