What Ag Issues Matter to You?

September 24, 2018 06:55 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The political season is heating up just weeks from the midterm elections with a growing number of candidate debates, forums, and listening sessions. and one topic that's making most agendas is agriculture.

“I would like to see a lot of changes in Iowa agriculture, top-down," Edith Haenel told us.


During a candidate meet-and-greet Monday in Northwood, we wanted to know what *you* see as the biggest issues facing agriculture?

"The tariffs are on everybody's mind," James Berge said.

“It's kind of willy-nilly I call it," Bruce Biederman of the tariffs involving American agricultural products.

"Corporate America's buying up a lot of this land, not making it available for the young farmers," James Berge said, citing another concern.

"Bigger the farmers are the more government payments he gets, and it's not working’ Bruce Biederman added.

Another concern: "I would also like to see a little bit more effort maybe make it mandatory some of these conservation efforts," James Berge said.

We also wanted to know if you felt government's involvement in agriculture was too much, too little or the wrong kind.

"I would say the wrong kind,” said Edith Haenel, one of more than a dozen people to attend the meet-and-greet.

"Not involved in the right way," James Berge agreed.

"Basically the wrong kind," Bruce Biederman added.

"Government has kowtowed to big ag in a way that government, as things are being done right now, is really ineffectual," Edith Haenel said.

But agriculture could be one of those issues that's not bound by party lines.

"It really isn't. The whole thing is one party takes one side and the other takes the opposite side," said Biederman.


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