The American Farm Bureau News asked the 2008 presidential candidates questions about the the important issues facing agriculture today.
In the survey, McCain said expanding international trade would be a central focus of his agricultural policy. He said upholding current trade commitments, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement, while working toward ratification of pending agreements with Colombia and South Korea, would be a priority. McCain also supports Trade Promotion Authority.
Obama took the opportunity to discuss his commitment to renewable fuels. He said he has set a goal of having 60 billion gallons of U.S. fuel come from biofuels by 2022.
When asked about the farm bill, Obama said it was important to implement the 2008 bill as passed by Congress. McCain, who did not support the bill, instead focused his answers on expanding foreign markets and reforming the crop insurance program.
According to the survey, both candidates support creating a greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program. McCain goes a step further by saying he would exempt farmers from greenhouse gas caps.
Both candidates pledge to cut the estate tax, with McCain promising a lower tax rate and higher estate value exemption (15 percent and $10 million) than Obama (45 percent and $7 million).