Conflicted in Kansas
By Travis Fox
GARDEN CITY, Kan. -- It was one of the best years ever for Greg Stone. The third generation farmer was wise to fill his family's 4,000 acres with corn. Higher corn prices, fueled in part by booming ethanol production and the government subsidies that help it grow, have been a blessing this year for Midwestern farmers like Stone in an otherwise gloomy economy.
But the future of ethanol production -- and the corn that is used to make the fuel -- could change dramatically depending on who's elected to the White House. John McCain opposes subsidies to ethanol producers. Barack Obama vows to continue them.
And here lies the dilemma for farmers like Stone, who are examining Obama's policy on ethanol.
"He would probably be better, you know, for me with my farmer hat on," Stone said.
But Stone describes himself as a conservative Republican. He voted for George Bush twice and still supports the president. He's a "values voter" and that means he almost always sides with Republicans.
This year, however, could be different.
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