Rural Route to the White House


New presidential poll: And the choice for farmers and ranchers is...

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2016 - With mounting concerns about the farm - and the U.S. - economy, a new nationwide poll indicates how farmers and ranchers will vote in the 2016 presidential election.


Trump, Clinton surrogates clash over Ag regulations

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - Surrogates for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump clashed sharply over agricultural regulations and the estate tax at a Farm Foundation Forum on Wednesday, but they agreed that Congress should protect nutrition spending in the next farm bill. 

Kaine votes run afoul of farm policy critics

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2016 -Tim Kaine's Senate votes on trade, crop insurance and catfish inspection put the Democratic vice presidential candidate at odds with critics of U.S. farm and food policy, according to a congressional scorecard released Monday.


Trump, Clinton spar over trade, regulations

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2016 - Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of secretly supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership as he used the opening portion of the first presidential debate to attack her on two key issues to agriculture, trade and regulations. 

Former Ag secretaries debate who's best for White House

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2016 - Former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman says the immigration issue should make Democrat Hillary Clinton the obvious choice for farmers. But John Block, a Republican who also held the top job at USDA, says issues such as regulation, taxes and judicial appointments are also critical to growers, and he doesn't believe Donald Trump will be as hard on immigration and trade as his rhetoric suggests.


Trump immigration plan may let some workers stay but offers little else for farms

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1, 2016 - Many undocumented workers would be allowed to stay in the country under a legal shadow, but Donald Trump's 10-point immigration plan otherwise offers few assurances to farmers worried about maintaining access to a foreign labor force.

Trump softens stance on illegal immigrants

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2016 - After repeatedly calling for mass deportations of illegal immigrants, Donald Trump now appears to support providing a path to legal status for many if not most undocumented workers, a shift that could allay farmer fears about losing workers.


Trump announces farm and rural advisory team

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, 2016 - Donald Trump's campaign has set up a geographically diverse team of agricultural leaders that includes congressmen, governors, state agriculture commissioners, trade association leaders and producers of grain, livestock, poultry and fruits and vegetables.

White House notifies Congress TPP is coming

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2016 - The White House took an important procedural step toward putting the Trans-Pacific Partnership before Congress, one day after Hillary Clinton made clear that she would oppose congressional approval of the trade pact during a lame duck session.


Clinton opposes lame duck TPP

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2016 - Attempting to counter Donald Trump's anti-trade rhetoric, Hillary Clinton promised to ramp up U.S. trade enforcement and made it clear she would oppose congressional action on the Trans-Pacific Partnership during a lame duck session as well as afterward.

(video) How can Hillary win over rural voters?

Now that she's locked up the Democratic nomination for President, Hillary Clinton will have to win over the nation's voters. Russell Redding, Pennsylvania's agriculture secretary, talks about how the Clinton campaign could win over rural voters in a swing state.


Meet the leaders of Trump's ag team

Charles Herbster and Dave Heineman are taking a leadership role in the agriculture and rural issues advisory team for Republican candidate Donald Trump. The Nebraska duo talks with Agri-Pulse about what they see ahead for the committee and the campaign.

Which presidential candidate can capture Pennsylvania's rural vote?

PHILADELPHIA, July 27, 2016 - Donald Trump has his eyes set on Pennsylvania and voters in its small towns and rural areas as he looks to win the state in November, but he may have to overcome the farm sector's concerns about his trade and immigration policies. 


Farm, food issues not top priority for Philadelphia Democrats

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2016 - Thousands of Democrats will crowd Philadelphia this week to nominate Hillary Clinton for president, adopt a platform and - even with the prominence of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in her vice presidential sweepstakes - hold their quadrennial convention with hardly a second thought given to food and agricultural matters.

Trump ag advisers signal candidate flexibility on trade, immigration

CLEVELAND, July 22, 2016 - Donald Trump's agricultural advisers are signaling some flexibility on his trade and immigration plans and offering agribusiness leaders a chance to have influence on his farm policy if they get behind his campaign. 


Trump campaign auditioning for 'all-star' cast of ag supporters

CLEVELAND, July 20, 2016 - Donald Trump's campaign, looking to shore up its rural support in key swing states, is organizing an all-star cast of agribusiness leaders behind the campaign and rolling out in coming days its farm policy agenda.

GOP platform suggests splitting nutrition programs from farm bill

CLEVELAND, July 19, 2016 - The Republican platform levels a broad attack on the Obama administration's regulatory agenda but offers a more mixed message on trade and seems to suggest dividing nutrition programs from the farm bill.


Trump, Pence would lift yoke of regulation, Roberts says

CLEVELAND, July 18, 2016 - Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, making a direct appeal for electing the Trump-Pence ticket, said that overregulation has made it nearly impossible for farmers and ranchers to do their jobs.

Ag groups fear more anti-trade salvos at GOP convention

CLEVELAND, July 17, 2016 - Farmers and their allies who will be at the Republican National Convention are bracing for more attacks on trade policy while looking for the party's presumptive nominee to keep up his assault on the Obama administration's regulatory agenda. 


Trump assures GOP lawmakers on trade, regulations

WASHINGTON, July 7, 2016 - Donald Trump sought to assure congressional Republicans on Thursday that he will pursue new trade deals and shares their concerns about government regulations.

A strong Rust Belt showing could help Trump in November

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2016 - A cluster of blue-collar states could be the key to victory if Donald Trump and the Republican Party hope to retake the White House.


Trump outlines plans for energy independence

WASHINGTON., May 27, 2016 -  Pledging to make America energy independent, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump delivered his first energy policy speech yesterday, while signaling that his support for the Renewable Fuel Standard past 2022 may be evolving. 

Conaway backs Trump, volunteers help with ag policy

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2016 - House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, says he's backing Donald Trump for president and has volunteered to help the Manhattan-based billionaire tackle agricultural policy issues.


Trump, GOP leaders take 'positive step' toward unity

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2016 - Donald Trump made strides toward bringing skeptical congressional Republicans behind his presidential campaign in a series of meetings with House leaders and a small group of key senators.

Ag groups confident candidates will come around on trade

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2016 - If you're in favor of expanding agricultural trade, this hasn't exactly been the best of presidential primary seasons, but ag groups are optimistic that things will turn around after the election.


Could a Trump-inspired 'civil war' be a long-term GOP threat?

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 - Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump's prospects in November and the longer-term future of the GOP depend on whether the party's warring factions put aside their differences, political analysts say.

Trump: Put America first again on trade, immigration policy

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - Republican presidential front-runner Donald J. Trump, in a wide-ranging address critical of President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, reiterated his pledge to change trade and immigration policies to make America first again.


Cruz pushes mechanization as farm alternative to illegal labor

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2016 - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is suggesting that mechanization is the answer to the labor needs of farmers who lose their access to illegal immigrants.

Democratic candidates pledge to end deportations

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2016 - Hillary Clinton is joining Sen. Bernie Sanders in promising to end deportations of illegal immigrants who haven't committed a crime or pose a terrorist threat.


Trump signals flexibility on immigration

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2016 - Donald Trump signaled some flexibility on the immigration issue during the latest Republican presidential debate, going so far as saying it was acceptable for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to have negotiated on the 2013 reform bill.

Senate Ag chairman endorses Rubio

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2016 - Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts has endorsed Senate colleague Marco Rubio for president.


Super PAC demands candidates commit on farm policy

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2016 - A super PAC set up to influence federal, state and local campaigns  on farm policy, Ag America, is calling on the presidential candidates to endorse a broad set of principles on farm and environmental policy.

Cruz overcomes ethanol opposition to win Iowa caucuses

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2016 - Ted Cruz carried the Iowa Republican caucuses in the first voting of the primary season, overcoming a vigorous effort to defeat him by the state's corn growers, ethanol producers and Gov. Terry Branstad.


A farmer's thoughts on the presidential primaries

After attending a recent GOP debate in Des Moines, farmer Blake Hurst opines on the process and the politicians running for president.

New poll sheds light on how farmers, ranchers will vote for president

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2016 - In the most extensive poll of how U.S. farmers and ranchers plan to vote for president, respondents overwhelmingly say they'll support a Republican, and among those, 40 percent say they will support Donald Trump.


Cruz forced to defend ethanol stance in Iowa debate

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - Ted Cruz was forced to defend his opposition to biofuel mandates, and he clashed with his GOP challengers on immigration policy as the Republican candidates debated in Des Moines, Iowa ahead of the state's first-in-the-nation caucuses on Monday.


Rick Perry at the Iowa Ag Summit
Governor Martin O'Malley talks about his platform for building rural America