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A Low Blow In the Corn Belt

Biofuel producers say Trump has turned his back on the rural Midwest

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump spent a lot of time currying the favor of the ethanol industry, barnstorming its rural Midwest base and repeatedly expressing his support for biofuels made from corn and soybeans. He was rewarded in November: Of the 184 counties with an ethanol plant in the U.S., 95 percent voted for Trump, according to data compiled by the Renewable Fuels Association.

As president, Trump has continued to pledge that he’ll

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