GOP presidential hopefuls back ethanol in bid to gain Iowa farmer vote

ALTOONA, Iowa — Kelly Nieuwenhuis, a third-generation family farmer in northwest Iowa, said he’s been fighting daily to increase and grow the biofuels industry in the state, and it’s the No. 1 topic he’s considering when he goes to caucus on Jan. 15.

“It’s absolutely the most important thing that ever happened in my farming career, the biofuels industry. I started investing in it in 1999 because I wanted a market for the corn I produced, and it’s been a great market for us,” Nieuwenhuis said in an interview with the Washington Examiner. 

Nieuwenhuis has been working to educate presidential candidates about the importance of the industry and has given many of them tours of ethanol plants in the state. The Renewable Fuel Standard Program requires oil companies to blend corn-based ethanol into their gasoline or buy credits from those that do. Iowa is the leading
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