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September 24, 2020 | National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG)
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How the Next President Could Shape Ag Policy

Highlights of the agricultural policy positions of President Trump and Former Vice President Biden

The 2020 election is quickly approaching. As citizens in a democracy, it is not only a privilege but a responsibility to vote. Furthermore, it's extremely important to make an informed decision when voting.

In such a critical time for the agriculture industry, it is important to understand where our presidential candidates stand on agricultural issues.

President Donald Trump:
"My administration is fighting for the American farmer and has been fighting for the farmer and rancher every single day."

Vice President Joe Biden:
“As president, Biden will build a pathway to the middle class for rural Americans, in rural America.” – Biden Campaign

Here are some highlights of the agricultural policy positions of Republican candidate, President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden:

President Donald Trump (R)

  • On June 6, 2019, President Trump signed the disaster relief bill that provided $19 billion in assistance to states and territories hit by flooding, hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters, including farmers hit by a delayed planting season.
  • President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill which legalized the production of industrial Hemp, expanded crop insurance, doubled how much farmers could borrow, and helped open new markets for farmers.
  • The current Administration has invested $900 million toward improved and preserved rural electric infrastructure.
  • The current Administration has expanded markets for U.S. wheat exporters in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided more than $1 billion to improve access to health care for rural communities.
  • The Trump Administration distributed more than 5 million food boxes in an effort to support American farmers and families who have been affected by the Coronavirus.

Former Vice President Joe Biden (D)

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden is looking to revitalize rural economies by developing regional food systems, strengthen anti-trust enforcement, invest in green infrastructure, expand bio-based manufacturing, and promote ethanol and the next generation of biofuels.
  • The Biden Administration plans to invest $20 billion in rural broadband infrastructure and triple funding to expand broadband access in rural areas.
  • The Biden Administration will prioritize investing in land grant universities’ agriculture research programs.
  • The Biden Administration plans to invest in diverse farmers to build a more diverse agriculture industry and will ensure USDA assistance to anyone who wants to farm.
  • As part of his campaign, former Vice President Biden is proposing a large expansion of an existing conservation program aimed at paying farmers to adopt environmentally friendly practices, especially those that help sequester carbon in the soil.
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden wants to offer more support to beginning farmers and plans to expand upon the Obama-Biden Administration’s microloan program for new farmers.

For a side-by-side comparison of both candidate's postions on trade, water policy, environmental regulations and climate change, click here.

By Michelle Sutton, NAWG 2020 Fall Intern

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