Pro Farmer Extra
- From the Editors of Pro Farmer newsletter
Oct. 12, 2012
Romney’s ag agenda
GOP Candidate Mitt Romney delivered a speech this week at an Iowa farm near Van Meter. As is the case for most would-be presidents, he was short on farm policy specifics; that will largely depend upon the personnel he selects if he becomes president. (We have a feeling he’d pick someone with closer ties to agriculture than an ag secretary who was born in Pittsburgh or a deputy secretary who studied environmental policy at MIT and worked as an assistant professor and director of the Ag, Food and Environment graduate program at a Boston university.)
Romney criticized the Obama administration’s “disregard” for the concerns of rural America as reflected by “tax increases and onerous regulations, to a stalled trade agenda, to efforts that drive up the cost of energy.”
Romney’s rural agenda includes implementing effective tax policies, expanding trade, creating a regulatory environment that is “commonsense and cost effective” and achieving energy independence in the U.S. by 2020. He also expressed support for the Renewable Fuels Standard.
Prior to the event, Romney released a 14-page ag position paper that provides more farm policy specifics and he unveiled his Iowa Farmers for Romney coalition. It will be led by Iowa GOP Ag Secretary Bill Northey and former Farm Bureau leaders Dean Kleckner and Craig Lang, Senator Charles Grassley, Representatives Steve King and Tom Latham and an advisory panel made up of more than 70 rural activists and spouses.
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