AP release: "For years, corn ethanol has been a centerpiece of America’s green energy strategy. President Obama and his administration have described this homegrown fuel as a way to reduce greenhouse gases and to wean the country off foreign sources of oil. But an Associated Press investigation to be published Nov. 12 will highlight the environmental impact of ethanol production. As farmers rushed to find new places to plant corn, they touched off a cascade of unintended consequences, including the elimination of many acres of conservation land. The months-long reporting effort into the hidden cost of this green energy source was led by Washington bureau reporters Dina Cappiello and Matt Apuzzo, but represents the efforts of dozens of AP journalists, photographers, video producers, data experts, editors and others …

"In addition to a main text story, the report will also include … [s]tate-specific versions of the stories will be provided for AP members in the Corn Belt, including Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota, South Dakota, Indiana and others. … Data showing county-by-county changes in corn planting and conservation will be available to AP members and customers to further localize the story." AP members have been offered three versions of the main story: 4,128 words, 2,869 words ("optional") and 1,286 words ("abridged"). goo.gl/AJ3ixW

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