More than 200 farmers from throughout the state descended on the State Capitol in Jefferson City to show their support for the Missouri Renewable Fuel Standard which would require a ten percent ethanol blend in all gasoline sold by 2008. Ryland Utlaut, President of Mid-Missouri Energy – an ethanol plant in Malta Bend – says Missouri and the rest of the country have an opportunity to end dependence on foreign sources of energy, and they can help farmers at the same time. Governor Matt Blunt’s ten percent ethanol initiative is currently making its way through the Legislature.