Politics and Farm­ing

Cherokee County Herald - - VIEWPOINTS -

On the sur­face, it seems that farm­ing and politics are as far apart as the east is from the west. But, in re­al­ity politics has more in­flu­ence on each other than you think.

Pres­i­dent elect Don­ald Trump said back in Au­gust, “We are go­ing to end this war on the Amer­i­can Farmer”. The most im­por­tant is­sues that face this pres­i­dent when he takes of­fice will be: 1. Who will he ap­point to be Sec­re­tary of Agri­cul­ture. 2. Immigration is­sues with 2 mil­lion un­doc­u­mented work­ers work­ing in U.S. Agri­cul­ture. 3. Re­lax­ing reg­u­la­tion that hurt farm­ers. 4. Trade is­sues. 5. The farm bill.

Less reg­u­la­tion should aid eco­nomic growth and consumer con­fi­dence. I think there will be a fo­cus on in­fra­struc­ture and job cre­ation. EPA in­tru­sion into fam­ily’s and fam­ily farms hope­fully will be lim­ited. Trump has also men­tioned lower taxes for fam­ily farms, sup­port of ethanol sub­si­dies, and an end to the death tax. It is go­ing to be a wait and see stance as we go into Trump’s first year as we look to­ward Washington from the farm. I think he will have some good ad­vi­sors to help him make these de­ci­sions.

Farm­ers will con­tinue to do what they do best with the hope that Washington’s in our cor­ner.

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