The following press release, while from the American Soybean Association (ASA), outlines where both President Obama and Gov. Romney stand on key agricultural issues important to all producers.
"Agriculture is a powerful and positive segment of the American economy, and the financial health of our nation's farms needs to be among the top priorities in the larger political dialogue," said ASA President Steve Wellman. "The responses offered by President Obama and Gov. Romney provide a window into how each candidate would approach soybean industry issues (and agriculture in general) over the next four years."
Both candidates expressed a desire to pass a comprehensive Farm Bill as quickly as possible. Obama pointed to the importance of risk management and disaster assistance in the Farm Bill, saying, "We need a strong farm safety net for all of America's farmers. That's why I increased the availability of crop insurance and emergency disaster assistance to help over 590,000 farmers and ranchers keep their farms in business after natural disasters and crop loss. My administration has also expanded farm credit to help more than 100,000 farmers struggling during the financial crisis to keep their family farms and provide for their families."
Romney emphasized the need to maintain the competitiveness of the American farmer, saying, "We must be cognizant that our agricultural producers are competing with other nations around the world. Other nations subsidize their farmers, so we must be careful not to unilaterally change our policies in a way that would disadvantage agriculture here in our country. In addition, we want to make sure that we don't ever find ourselves in a circumstance where we depend on foreign nations for our food the way we do with energy. Ultimately, it is in everyone's interest to achieve a level playing field on which American farmers can compete."
The full responses from each candidate are available at www.soygrowers.com/newsroom/releases/documents/Compiled%20Presidential%20Questionnaire%20Answers.pdf.