November 4, 2014

Take time to vote for Nebraska agriculture today


What is the best part about Election Day? No more ads!

While the mudslinging may diminish, the issues affecting agriculture are still rolling on through Election Day and after. For this reason, it is very important to vote today – and even more important to vote for candidates who have agendas supportive of Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers.

However, we know a slower harvest will keep some farmers away from the polls and in the fields trying to finish up harvest. The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is urging growers to take time today to go to their polling places and think about the many ways decisions made by elected officials impact them on the farm.

“Whether they are based in Washington or your local city hall, those in office or those seeking office need to be held accountable and need to hear from voters,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a Maryland corn farmer. “Especially with this being a mid-term election, we have the chance to elect many fine men and women into Congress who understand our concerns and the importance of supporting farmers with sound policy and regulations that protect or build markets for our products here and abroad.”

Bowling mentioned the fact that farmers are harvesting the second record crop in a row, and its impact on corn prices, as a special cause for concern.

“It’s especially important that our elected leaders recognize the great power Washington has over our lives as farmers,” Bowling said. “With corn prices at their lowest in some time, it’s critical that lawmakers and regulators don’t take any further steps that will reduce demand for corn. When growers step off the farm and cast their ballot, they have a lot of power to send a strong message. Please, don’t neglect your responsibility to vote for a few extra hours in your fields.”

Aren’t sure who to vote for in Nebraska? There are resources online from different farm groups in Nebraska who show “Friends of Agriculture” when it comes to candidates and the issues important to them.

For other voting information and to find your polling place, click here.

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