The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA), in partnership with the National Corn Growers Association, released the Corn Caucus Project Presidential Report Card, a reference guide to presidential candidates’ positions on agricultural policies.
“The Corn Caucus Project is an initiative to help Iowa’s corn growers compare the candidates on agricultural issues,” says Kevin Ross a farmer from Minden and ICGA president. “We do not make any recommendations or endorsements, we just let the candidates speak for themselves.”
The Corn Caucus Project Presidential Report Card provides information on the eight major candidates’ responses to questions on legislative priorities for corn. Topics on the survey included: ethanol, farm programs, Environmental Protection Agency regulations, trade and transportation.
Based on survey responses submitted by presidential candidates, media and official records, each candidate was scored and graded. If a candidate failed to complete the survey, the committee used published statements, official records or information from the candidate’s website to complete the voter guide. Answers to the survey and issue tracking are available online.
“If there is a question affecting the corn industry, we want every presidential candidate to know an Iowa corn grower who is ready and willing to provide answers and we want Iowans to know how the candidates stand on issues that are important to Iowa’s corn growers,” says Ross.