Farmers wary of Obama administration


Christopher Doering
The US Daily
January 13, 2008

A Reuters survey of 820 of the 5,350 farmers attending the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting found 72 percent of the respondents did not believe the Obama administration would be responsive to their needs.

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U.S. farmers, who tend to be social and fiscal conservatives, have traditionally supported Republicans. Nearly 20 percent of Americans live in rural areas.

“I don’t think he’ll be good for the American farmer,” said Darrell Uhls, a Kentucky corn and soybean grower, who feared Obama would reduce government payments to farmers. “I hate to see him go in office myself.”

Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman said that, while there was uncertainty over Obama’s policy on environmental regulation and how it will affect agriculture, the president-elect made several positive comments toward agriculture during the campaign.

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