Ethanol is a key Iowa issue for GOP presidential contenders

Republican candidates for the presidency have fawned over farmers this caucus season as they’ve courted voters in Iowa — the nation’s top producer of corn, eggs and pork.

The candidates often talk in platitudes about their support for Iowa agriculture and paint themselves as farmers’ best friends.

Former President Donald Trump said he is a champion of farmers in a campaign visit to Council Bluffs on July 7, 2023. (Photo by Jared Strong/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

“I’m proud to be the most pro-farmer president that you’ve ever had in your life,” former President Donald Trump told supporters during a campaign stop in Council Bluffs in July.

None of the candidates has suggested that farmers be forced to implement costly measures to help the environment. To the contrary, the candidates rail against federal regulations that pertain to agriculture, especially those that seek to protect the nation’s streams.

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