Editor's Notebook: Tending a New Crop of Leaders

December 2, 2016 02:39 AM

We often repeat the adage, “Never walk away from a crop.” After all, getting seed in the ground is only the first step toward a good harvest.

I suggest applying that old saying to the other crop U.S. farmers just had a strong hand in raising: the nation’s newly elected or re-elected politicians. They’ll flood into the White House, Congress, state capitols and governors’ mansions across the nation thanks, in no small measure, to voters in small towns and rural areas.

Only about 20% of Americans live in rural areas (fewer than 60 million people), and rural voters made up 17% of the electorate. Since they favored Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton 3 to 1, their support played a huge role in nudging Trump into the White House and Republican contenders into office across the country. 

I know not all rural voters counted in these tallies are necessarily farmers. But we do know, as Ben Potter mentions in his story farmers are feeling pretty positive these days. A Farm Journal Media Pulse poll after the election found most farmers decidedly optimistic about the future of agriculture and their operations, now that Trump won the balloting Nov. 8.

No matter how you voted then, or would have responded to the poll, I hope you don’t walk away from this crop of leaders. The election was only the beginning. The real work begins in a couple of months, when President Trump, Congress and their counterparts in state capitols start discussing issues critical to agriculture: regulation, infrastructure, trade and immigration policy, just to name a few.

I urge you to stay on top of this new crop of leaders. Stay on them to do what’s right for agriculture and your farm. I assure you Farm Journal will be alongside you, asking questions and staying on them, too. It’s been our job since 1877, 26 presidential administrations ago. Drop me a note or an email and tell me what you think.

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