There are 25 days to the Nov. 7 election that will determine who controls the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Be certain to find out where your candidates stand on the important issues affecting U.S. ag. There will be many important livestock-industry and ag items considered next year by the 110th Congress, including the 2007 farm bill, ban on packer ownership of livestock, mandatory country-of-origin labeling, tax policy, and energy, just to name a few. On top of that, there are the wider, more important issues of the general economy, national security, etc. Study the issues, the candidates and make your voice heard.
-- P. Scott Shearer, Washington, D.C., correspondent