With all the excitement surrounding the 2008 Presidential election, most of us seem to have dismissed an important question: Which candidate will be best for agriculture?
The answer to that question by one of
Flinchbaugh says the New York Farm Bureau gave
"President Bill Clinton was good for agriculture," Flinchbaugh notes.
However, Flinchbaugh is concerned about the Democrats' position on free trade.
"The democrats are on a protectionist kick," he says. "Right now Hillary and Barack (Obama) are engaged in a battle of who will get rid of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) first. I can't think of anything worse that could happen to agriculture than to get rid of NAFTA.
"They both argue that the best long term solution to the immigration problem is to improve the Mexican economy, yet they want to get rid of NAFTA? They're talking out of both sides of their mouths."
Republican candidate John McCain, R-Ariz., supports biofuels, but he also said — in
In any case, Flinchbaugh is concerned about the level of agriculture literacy by all three of the candidates still in the race.
"I can't think of an election in my lifetime when the presidential candidates knew less about agriculture than these three," he says.