Don Ray grew up in Fort Madison and has lived in Ringgold County since 1993.
“Can you imagine rural Iowa or our state in general with reduced ethanol plants and 60% of the demand for corn gone? It would be truly devastating to our schools, hospitals and roads, just from a tax perspective.”
So spoke pipeline lobbyist Jake Ketzner (Summit Carbon Solutions) at a legislative hearing last month. He was arguing that the carbon dioxide pipelines are needed to keep the ethanol industry afloat which would support corn profitability and, in the process, save rural Iowa.
The ever-increasing production of corn seems to have been Iowa’s foremost agricultural goal for many decades. And how has that worked out?Continue Reading...