Great Lakes Journal: Corn, ethanol and the Midwest farmer


Driving through the corn forest of western Ohio, I am often struck by how our farmers continue to thrive despite years of undependable weather and erratic markets.

In light of the grain price spike of 2008 and the "ethanol vs. food" controversy, I wondered how such farmers viewed their market and prospects for the future. I was also curious about the impact of ethanol on their business.