Politics and Farming
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.