Farmers are fortunate to have so many different agriculture-related groups lobbying for them in Springfield, Ill., and Washington, D.C.

While they may not always agree with certain stances of a corn, soybean, pork, beef or dairy organization, that group is doing what it can to push for viable policies that support the family farm.

During the months leading up to the presidential election, neither the Democrat nor Republican candidates talked much about agriculture. There were a few mentions of ethanol, but not much more.

This is a concern, particularly with a new farm bill on the way, as well as future Renewable Fuel Standard changes.

A window into President-elect Donald Trump’s ag policies was opened this week with Politico obtaining a list of the Trump team’s talking points.

Trump’s Agriculture Advisory Committee offers a host of policy pledges — from suggesting a shift back to conventional agriculture, to promises for the Trump White House to be an “active participant” in writing the next farm bill, to fighting the so-called good food movement and undoing Obama-era agricultural and environmental policies, Politico reported.

“All segments of the agriculture industry will have a say in the development of any legislation or rulemaking done or supported by the executive branch,” the talking points state.

The Trump administration will kill the “unlawful” Waters of the United States rule, it states, and choose an Environmental Protection Agency administrator who’s friendly to farmers.

“The Trump-Pence administration will use the best available science to determine appropriate regulations for the food and agriculture sector; agriculture will not be regulated based on the latest trend on social media,” the talking points state.

Politico reported the document also promises to eliminate the estate tax, “protect private property, water and mineral rights for farmers and ranchers” and enforce the Interstate Commerce Clause to “keep individual states from dictating policy for food growers.”

We’ll see what happens as the U.S. government transitions to new leadership, but one thing is for sure, ag groups will keep a close eye to ensure that policies are in place to protect the family farm.  

Tom C. Doran can be reached at 815-780-7894 or tdoran@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow him on Twitter at: @AgNews_Doran.

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