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Where Do Obama, Romney Stand On Ag?

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As the 2012 Presidential election heats up, both candidates are making promises. How will those promises help or hurt American agriculture?

The last couple of weeks have been busy for nighttime television as debates featuring the presidential and vice-presidential candidates from the two top national tickets squared off.  The nation was able to hear from both sides and evaluate which duo would be best to lead the nation. As election day draws nearer, Americans will soon be able to decide which direction they want the nation to go. But in the meantime, it’s important to evaluate how these candidates might help or hinder farmers and ranchers.

Earlier this month, Romney spoke in Iowa and released a whitepaper outlining his plan to reinvigorate rural America. He told the crowd, “America’s farmers and ranchers play an incredibly important role in our economic prosperity and must be supported. My Plan for a Stronger Middle Class includes policies that will help the agriculture sector thrive and deliver an economic recovery for rural America. We already ask our farmers and ranchers to cope with natural disasters. They should not also have to battle a manmade disaster of taxes and regulations from Washington. Our economic recovery must also be a rural recovery, and my plan for a stronger middle class will ensure that our agricultural sector grows and thrives.”

Read Romney’s whitepaper here.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration released a report in June announcing a $2-billion investment in rural small businesses.

“As we continue to fight our way back from the deepest economic crisis in generations and build an economy that lasts, rural America is helping to lead the charge. On farms and ranches, and in towns and communities across this country, rural Americans know that we are stronger as a people when everybody gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules. Those are the values we need to return to, and as long as I’m president, my administration will continue to give our rural communities the support and investment they need to show us the way,” says Obama.

Read more about Obama’s policy here. 

At BEEF, we have a 2012 Election resource page to help you make an informed decision when you vote this November. Check out the page here for current news and views on the debate, the candidates’ positions on farm issues and much more.

Which ticket do you think will support agriculture the most? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Discuss this Blog Entry 8

Anonymous (not verified)
on Oct 16, 2012

Just read a parellel of Cuba's Castro vs Obama, very much the same road to communism. Wake-up America, before it is too late.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Oct 16, 2012

If Obama stays in office he will completely destroy our economy. Where will that leave agriculture?

Anonymous (not verified)
on Oct 16, 2012

Please be smart enough to simply look & study Obama's record these past four years that equal nothing shy of complete failure in all aspects of his tenure as our president. His constant blame, lies & lack of leadership are not only destroying our economy, but our nation for what it stands!

on Oct 16, 2012

Neither policy will work as long as the "death tax" remains in effect. If we don't get rid of it agriculture as we know it is doomed. The government can't expect us to pay for the same ground over and over again and survive.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Oct 17, 2012

Obama and the democrats have stacked more rules and regulations on the business and agriculture in the last four years than the previous 20 years. How can you grow an economy in that kind of environment?

Keith Flake (not verified)
on Oct 18, 2012

Romney is just a generation away from his grandparents who farmed and ranched. His cousins are ranchers. He can better understand agriculture....and he's honest.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Oct 28, 2012

This was the most entertaining remark I've read in a long time. Literally, I have never heard "Romney" and "honest" in the same sentence before. Too funny!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Oct 19, 2012

Smaller government is what will do the most for all of us if that's possible. Romney is more likely to shrink government.
The Death Tax must go permanently. Romney has our vote.

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