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Paul Hodgen (l) and his father Abe stand on their farm in Roachdale, Indiana.

How ethanol plant shutdowns deepen pain for U.S. corn farmers

U.S. ethanol mandate exemptions are starting to add up, resulting in plant closures

Reuters – When the U.S. ethanol industry was booming, Indiana farmer Paul Hodgen made good money selling about a quarter of his crop to a local facility that produced the corn-based fuel. Now that plant has stopped churning out ethanol and has instead converted to a grain elevator for storage. Hodgen still sells his corn

White House to stick with 2020 biofuel plan, despite farmer objections

New York | Reuters — The Trump administration plans to stick with its proposed 2020 biofuel blending requirements, the White House said on Wednesday, despite anger among farmers that the plan does too little for corn growers. The decision could undermine President Donald Trump’s support among farmers, an important constituency in the November 2020 election.