Trade, farm policy and food system resiliency comprised some of the topics included in an American Farm Bureau Federation survey of President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
“The views of Farm Bureau members are as diverse as the food that is grown in this country, but we share the same goal of choosing leadership that will help America thrive,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “We are at a crucial time for agriculture as we navigate the challenges of a global pandemic, trade wars and depressed markets. It is important for our members to understand where the presidential candidates stand on issues important to rural America.”
President Trump’s responses focused largely on his first-term accomplishments. He pledged a science-based approach to regulation going forward. He committed to addressing the “rural/urban divide” and emphasized support for voluntary conservation programs.
Former Vice President Biden’s responses focused on environmental sustainability and improving prosperity in rural communities. He, too, pledged to rely on experts and scientists when it comes to policies and regulation. He committed to “rebuilding the middle class” and working with farmers to achieve net-zero emissions.
The survey included 12 questions. Topics covered trade, labor, regulatory reform, sustainability, food system resiliency post-pandemic, rural life and health, biotechnology, clean water, the Endangered Species Act, energy, taxes and farm policy programs.
Survey answers are presented as they were received, unedited, to give members an unfiltered look at each candidate’s platform. AFBF has invited candidates from both parties to respond to election questionnaires for more than 40 years. To view survey answers, visit here.