American farmers who used to feel proud of growing corn for ethanol that was used to fuel the country are now feeling abandoned by the federal government as they withdraw subsidies in the midst of a debt crisis and criticism on biodiesel.
There were times when Arlyn Schipper could almost feel heroic on his family farm in the heart of America’s corn belt.
His 1,619 hectares (4,000 acres) in Iowa, planted almost entirely with corn, were helping to feed a nation – or at least help put fuel in its gas tanks, as his crop was processed into corn ethanol.
Schipper still sees it that way. It is just he feels America has moved on, or as he put it: ‘The country has turned on us.’ Suzanne Goldenberg/The Guardian.