Agriculture policy was front and center in the presidential campaign last week. Republican candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney campaigned at a century farm in Iowa on Tuesday, joined by members of Iowa’s Congressional delegation. Romney criticized many of President Barack Obama’s agriculture policies, including his stance on the estate tax and the Administration’s export and regulatory policies.
The Obama campaign this week issued an open letter to farmers and ranchers highlighting the farm and rural initiatives undertaken by the Administration and criticizing House Republicans for lack of action on the farm bill.
A transcript of Romney’s full remarks is available at http://farmpolicy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/GovRomIowa10Oct9.pdf. The open letter from Obama is at http://www.wheatworld.org/wp-content/uploads/other-obama-open-letter-election-2012.pdf.