Many farmers, ranchers and forest owners are as concerned about the government response to climate change as they are about the problem itself. But, if the US is going to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, we are going to need the help of agriculture and forestry.
President Donald Trump maintained his strength in rural areas of battleground states even as he struggled to win reelection against a Democratic surge in the suburbs and big cities for former Vice President Joe Biden.
With Joe Biden consistently leading President Donald Trump in the polls, speculation is growing in Washington about who could get key Cabinet and staff positions, including jobs that could have a far-reaching impact on U.S. agriculture and trade policy.
The battle over control of the Senate could pivot on several Republican farm-state seats. Democrats’ hopes to expand their House majority could be shaped by whether they can hold onto rural districts they carried in 2018 and pick off some GOP incumbents.
Many races for the House, Senate, and state offices could prove to have an outsized impact on farmers and ranchers across the country as Democrats look to achieve midterm gains and Republicans try to sell the accomplishments of the last two years to voters.
The Senate's nine farm bill negotiators include Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who wants the legislation finalized next month, as well as a Democrat facing a tough re-election race this fall, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.