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ISSUE DATE: 10/29/2012

Obama, Romney stake out farm views to seek your vote

By Larry Dreiling

In a closely polled election campaign, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are sparing few resources to claim victory.

That includes perhaps the most detailed accounting of agricultural positions by two candidates in years.

As a candidate in 2008, Obama outlined a lengthy rural position statement on his candidate website. He repeats that sort of statement in 2012. Romney recently released a statement on his vision for a vibrant rural America on his candidate website.

The American Farm Bureau Federation also issues a questionnaire to the candidates. This year's was AFBF's longest, showing energy issues and farm policy as driving forces in the candidate's responses. The environment, labor and taxes were also issues on which AFBF sought responses from the candidates. The responses were highly detailed.


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High Plains Journal now offering digital edition with Friday delivery
Kansas Rural Center and partners to host rural health care summit
New book offers practical tips for improving health
Obama, Romney stake out farm views to seek your vote
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USDA grant to help beginning farmers, ranchers in southern pueblos
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CROPS

Agricultural investment conference, trade show to open Oct. 29
Agritourism industry thrives during peak fall season
America Needs Farmers raises awareness through football
Fuels America coalition supports protecting America's Renewable Fuel Standard
Getting the most out of your soil tests
Grazing grain sorghum stalks
Kansas Corn promotes E15 during NASCAR event
KDA visits Eudora's Farm to School facilities on Kansas Food Day
KFAC, KFB to host Be Ag-Wise educator training workshops
K-State announces upcoming ag events
Local Food Connections Workshop is Nov. 19
Nov. 16 is EQIP application evaluation cutoff
Researchers strengthen gene in soybeans
Sorghum Producers Association announces annual scholarship
Wichita Farm and Ranch Show set for Nov. 6 to 8

LIVESTOCK

2013 Cattle Industry Convention, NCBA Trade Show advance registration open
Beef + Transparency = Trust
Carcass data project winners named
Cattle on feed numbers released
Cattle stolen in Riley County
Cattlemen still waiting for herd expansion to begin
Cattlemen's Beef Board CEO named 2013 Eisenhower USA Fellow
Developing a newborn calf nutrition program
Funds raised for American Junior Shorthorn Association KEY Conference
Japan's Olympic Chefs team chooses U.S. beef for international culinary event
Jersey All Americans to be crowned in November
Jersey Youth Academy accepting applications
NCBA urges EPA to waive the ethanol mandate
OSU Totusek Lectureship to feature animal scientist
Ranchers remain cautious about rebuilding herds
Uniform higher quality: Move toward consumer target boosts beef industry
USDA program offers new opportunities for small meat, poultry processors
Vesicular stomatitis quarantines released

EDITOR

My neighbor is not Warren Buffett
The end of a legacy
To sequester or not

COLUMNS

Dan 'The Man' still fired up about agricultural policy
In other agribusiness news....
Just a scoop full
Kansas Ag Education Building opens at Kansas State Fair
New handheld GreenSeeker sensor debuts
The law is the law
Trend analysis
USB partners with Goodyear to develop a new tire

MARKETS

Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction summary
Colorado feeder cattle auction summary
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City cattle sales
Dry conditions continue
Dry, windy, warm weather helps wheat planting wrap up
Dunlap feeder cattle auction report
Ericson livestock auction report
Georgia cattle auction summary report
Grain market close
Half of canola rated in good condition
Harvest nearly complete despite rain
Harvest of remaining crops continues
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news report
High winds, fire cause damage
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Lexington livestock market report
Mid-autumn cooling trend
Mid-week rainfall limits fieldwork
Most classes of hay selling steady
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
Ogallala livestock auction report
OKC West cattle sales
Plenty of time for fieldwork
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock auction report
Row crop finishing up
Salina livestock auction report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Some counties need rain to begin wheat planting
South Central direct sheep sales report
Soybeans have solid gains
Texas direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
West Plains livestock sales
Wheat, oat planting in full swing
Widespread rain delays harvest
Woodward livestock auction report

RANGE

AFGC Forage Conference to focus on recovery
National Grazing Lands Conference heads to Orlando in December
Pasture, Rangeland, Forage program reporting date is Nov. 15

FAMILY

4-H collecting H.U.G.S. for Oklahoma youth
Cheeses make classy casseroles
Composting can help reduce waste
Eco-friendly choices can trim food costs, boost food quality and health
Fall color with flowers and foliage
Farm to School Month includes Explore Beef theme day
Fern View's rustic features give it appeal
Homeowners may find leaves a good garden resource
Meditation
Milk is an important part of healthy diet
Olives and olive oil add life to casual parties
Reseeding is only solution to lawns damaged by drought, critters
Waynoka FFA sweeps state fair grass board contest

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