Whoever wins, the 2012 presidential election is sure to change the country, and the farm.
The eventual Republican nominee will have to address numerous farm-related issues. In this era of shrinking budgets, what will happen to crop insurance, agricultural subsidies and the farm bill? With a renewed national focus on the environment and foreign oil dependence, what role will ethanol play in the future? With high land prices, how will family farmers continue to pass their farms to the next generation? How will changes in immigration policy affect farmers?
Republican presidential hopeful Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to a crowd at the Iowa State Fair in August.
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Whoever wins, the 2012 presidential election is sure to change the country, and the farm.With agricultural issues getting short-shrift on the campaign trail so far, our reporters sifted through blog posts and articles in order to research issues.
Presidential politics are in full flare in Iowa, as evidenced by the wave of dueling TV ads, and Republican candidate appearances at local businesses and churches. But leading up to the state’s Jan. 3 caucuses, something seems to be missing.