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Ethanol, China Flash Points for Trump, Biden Campaigns

Representatives sparred during Farm Foundation forum last week

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President Trump “sold out ethanol to Big Oil” by handing out dozens of exemptions from the ethanol mandate, said Iowa farmer Pam Johnson, speaking for the Biden campaign at a Farm Foundation forum forum on Tuesday.

“We haven’t abandoned the RFS and we aren’t going to — ever,” retorted Trump representative Sam Clovis.

According to a report at Successful Farming, Johnson and Clovis also sparred over farm trade with China but were united in opposing the introduction of supply management or land set-asides as mechanisms to boost commodity prices after years of bumper crops.

The USDA estimates crop and livestock revenue this year will be the lowest in a decade while record-large federal payments provide 36% of net farm income.

Read the full report here.

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