DOVER, Del. (AP) — The governors of Delaware and Maryland are joining an effort to persuade federal officials to ease renewable fuel standards because of a severe drought that has led to a drop in corn supplies and a corresponding increase in corn prices.

Govs. Jack Markell of Delaware and Martin O’Malley of Maryland sent a letter Thursday to the head of the Environmental Protection Agency asking the agency to relax rules requiring that a percentage of the corn crop go to making ethanol.

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Similar pleas have been made by the two states’ congressional delegations.

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The governors warned that if the fuel standards are not waived, high corn prices could have a devastating effect on the Delmarva peninsula’s poultry industry and the local economy, with the potential of thousands of job losses.

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