(Posted Wed. Jan 4th, 2012)
Jan. 4: With the Iowa Caucus complete, the National Corn Growers Association continues its push to help keep farmers informed of candidate views and engaged in the presidential primary process as the race for the Republican nomination continues. NCGA will continue to update the original Corn Caucus Project report card, offer expanded and updated information on the positions of the remaining Republican contestants and provide links to the caucus and primary schedule and a candidate tracker.
“With the 2012 Iowa Corn Caucuses behind us, I see the Corn Caucus project as a success. Corn farmers from across the state did their homework on the candidates, followed the campaigns, participated in local meetings, used the Corn Caucus report card and made sure agriculture issues were recognized and addressed by the candidates,” said Iowa Corn Growers Association Senior Policy Advisor Amanda Taylor. “As we move toward the nomination, we look forward to continuing to engage the campaigns in issues important to America’s corn farmers.”
The National Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Corn Growers Association, in partnership with the Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota and Nebraska Corn Growers Associations, released the original tool to help voters quickly determine where candidates stand on a variety of agricultural issues.
“As the primaries ebb and flow, candidates provide additional insight into the stances they would take on a variety of issues, including many that will affect farmers directly,” said NCGA Grower Services Action Team Chair Brandon Hunnicutt. “While NCGA does not endorse any candidate, we do want to help farmers and their allies stay up-to-date on where the candidates stand. Through this project, we want to provide a useful tool that will help our membership make the most informed decision possible when they make their way to the ballot box.”
Aimed at keeping corn farmers informed and engaged in the political process during the 2012 presidential campaign, the Corn Caucus report card and accompanying information offer succinct information gathered through a survey of major candidates on issues relating to NCGA’s legislative priorities.
This year, the survey looked at candidate views on ethanol, farm programs, trade, the Environmental Protection Agency and transportation. Awarding each candidate a letter grade for their farm-friendliness in subcategories of each area, the final report card offers insight into the strengths and weaknesses of candidate positions on agriculture.
To keep abreast on information as the campaign continues, click here.