1. Donald Trump
Trump’s website (donaldjtrump.com) contains no official statement on agriculture. In Iowa, in January of 2015, Trump stated that his intent is to improve the status of the United States in the global economy. (Agriculture.com, “Trump: ‘Never Give Up’ on Farmland Value Rally”, 1/29/15.)
2. Hillary Clinton
Clinton’s website (hillaryclinton.com) contains a fact sheet on agriculture. In it, Clinton states she intends to raise production and profitability of American family farms by: (1)
supporting the next generation of farmers; (2) building a strong local and regional food system; (3) providing a focused safety net for farmers and ranchers; and (4) supporting comprehensive immigration reform.
3. Ted Cruz
Cruz’ website (tedcruz.org) contains no official statement on agriculture. Cruz recently and ultimately voted against $3B in crop insurance cuts after initially voting to retain the cuts in a federal highway bill that Cruz ultimately voted against. (Politico.com, “Cruz Flips Vote on Ag Issue Critical for Iowa”, 12/4/15.)
4. Marco Rubio
Rubio’s website (marcorubio.com) contains a statement regarding agriculture. On his website, Rubio states he will help American farmers and ranchers prosper by: (1) repealing burdensome regulations on farmers and ranchers; (2) permanently ending the estate tax; (3) opposing new taxes on energy; (4) opening new markets for farmers and ranchers; and (5) curbing overregulation.
5. Jeb Bush
Bush’s website (jeb2016.com) contains a statement Bush gave in Iowa about how he will strengthen agriculture by: (1) freeing farmers from federal regulations; (2) expanding trade and opening new markets; (3) lowering taxes; (4) continuing the Renewable Fuels Standard; and (5) encouraging agricultural innovation.
6. Bernie Sanders
Sanders’ website (feelthebern.org) touts his record in the Senate where he claims to have supported agriculture by: (1) supporting family farms through voting for The Agriculural Act of 2014; (2) supporting Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits; (3) supporting immigration reform; and (4) allowing states to require labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).