Presidential candidates address future farm policy programs

We begin with a closer look at how the presidential candidates plan to help towns across rural America. This morning, the Farm Bureau released its much anticipated “Presidential Candidate Questionnaire.”

The American Farm Bureau asked both presidential candidates a series of 12 questions. One of top questions on that list being farm policy programs.

President Trump was in office when the 2018 Farm Bill was passed, so he hinted to his accomplishments when answering the question about farm policies. Accomplishments like Dairy Margin Coverage Program, new regulations for the hemp industry, and protection for livestock production.

In regard to the next farm bill, the President stated it must focus on “building on the key pillars of our domestic farm policy including a strong crop insurance program, voluntary conservation programs, and increased agricultural research.”

Democratic candidate Joe Biden stated his support for crop insurance and safety nets, expanding micro loans for beginning farmers, increasing ownership and operating loans, as well as investing in land-grant research projects.

Presidential candidates address the resiliency of the food supply chain.