Presidential Candidates Show Mixed Results on Ag Issues
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 20, 2016) – With less than two weeks to go before Indiana voters head to the polls for the Presidential primary on May 3, the Indiana Corn Growers Association and Indiana Soybean Alliance policy committee have released a scorecard outlining the positions of both the Republican and Democratic candidates on five major ag issues.
ICGA and ISA reviewed public statements, survey responses, sponsored legislation and social media statements to find positions on five issues: the Renewable Fuel Standard, the farm bill, the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP), legislation repealing the EPA’s Waters of the US rule, and voluntary GMO labeling legislation.
“It’s incredibly important for farmers to support a candidate who shares our beliefs on major ag issues,” said Mike Nichols, a farmer from Spencer County and president of the Indiana Corn Growers Association. “We hope farmers do their homework on where all candidates stand on the ag issues important to them.”
Neither ICGA nor ISA’s policy committee is endorsing any candidate, nor are the National Corn Growers Association and American Soybean Association. The goal of the scorecard is to inform corn and soybean farmers on candidates’ positions. ISA and ICGA have invited all five candidates to an Indiana farm as they campaign in the state over the next two weeks.
“Agriculture is not only what we believe in, it’s our business, and we want to make sure farmers know where their preferred candidates stand on these issues,” said Jeanette Merritt, a farmer from Miami County and chair of ISA’s Membership & Policy committee. “If the candidates come to your area, engage them about agriculture. Ask a question at a town hall. It’s our job to keep agriculture on these candidates’ minds.”
The ICGA board, which works with the state and federal governments to develop and promote sound policies that benefit Indiana corn farmers, consists of 15 farmer-directors who provide leadership to the organization on behalf of the nearly 600 ICGA members statewide.
The Indiana Soybean Alliance works to enhance the viability of Indiana soybean farmers through the effective and efficient investment of soybean checkoff funds and the development of sound policies that protect and promote the interest of Indiana soybean farmers. The ISA is working to build new markets for soybeans through the promotion of biodiesel, livestock, international marketing, new soybean uses, aquaculture, and research. ISA is led by an elected farmer board that directs investments of the soybean checkoff funds on behalf of more than 28,000 Indiana soybean farmers and promotes policies on behalf of the ISA’s 950 dues-paying members.
This communication was NOT funded with Indiana soybean and corn checkoff dollars.