November 30, 2011

Corn Caucus Project releases presidential report card

The Corn Caucus Project today released its Presidential Report Card, a reference guide to presidential candidates' positions on on various agricultural policies. You can see the scorecard below, with overall grades ranging from a D+ to an A.

The project is put together by the Iowa Corn Growers Association in partnership with the National Corn Growers Association but is supported by the Nebraska Corn Growers Association and corn grower associations in Illinois, Kentucky and Minnesota.

The Corn Caucus Project is an initiative to help corn growers compare candidates on agricultural issues, said Kevin Ross a farmer from Minden, Iowa, and president of the Iowa Corn Growers. "We do not make any recommendations or endorsements, we just let the candidates speak for themselves," he said.

The Presidential Report Card provides information on the eight major candidates’ responses to questions on legislative priorities for corn. Topics on the survey included: ethanol, farm programs, Environmental Protection Agency regulations, trade and transportation.

Based on survey responses submitted by presidential candidates, media and official records, each candidate was scored and graded. If a candidate failed to complete the survey, the committee used published statements, official records or information from the candidate’s website to complete the voter guide.

The results by area and overall scores are shown below, but you can learn more by clicking here.  

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