As we move closer to the 2020 election, the National Corn Growers Association has prepared fact sheets for both presidential campaigns. The materials are based upon policy plans and statements from each campaign website.
Here's a sampling of the information from the NCGA fact sheets.
Trump actions include:
- Providing assistance to agricultural producers who suffered a 5% or greater price decline due to the new coronavirus as well as authorizing $12 billion in aid to the American agricultural heartland under the Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act.
- Updating the North American Free Trade Agreement by negotiating the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement; negotiating a U.S.-Japan trade deal and revising the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Act.
- Removing unnecessary and burdensome regulations.
- Releasing an "Infrastructure framework to build a stronger America."
Read the fact sheet here.
Biden campaign priorities include:
- "Promoting ethanol and the next generation of biofuels."
- "Pursuing a trade policy that works for American farmers."
- “Partnering with farmers to make American agriculture first in the world to achieve net-zero emissions, giving farmers new sources of income in the process.”
- “Transform our crumbling transportation infrastructure – including roads and bridges, rail, aviation, ports, and inland waterways – making the movement of goods and people faster, cheaper, cleaner, and manufactured in America while preserving and growing the union workforce.”
Read the entire fact sheet here.
Why does it matter?
- Twelve states are identified as “swing states” by FiveThirtyEight. Of those 12 states, eight are in the top 20 in terms of corn production. Those states contain tens of thousands of NCGA’s dues-paying members.
- According to NPR, the voting shift between 2008 and 2016 was larger in rural areas than amongst other constituencies.
- In a New York Times article, columnist Emily Badger noted rural America, “retains vastly disproportionate electoral strength.”
- An understanding of corn growers’ policy priorities will assist the campaign in aligning a message on agriculture policy which will resonate in rural America.