Sun rise on a farm in northeast Ohio, September 25, 2016.
“I’ve read both the presidential candidates policy platforms for agriculture and it just seems like neither of them care about us.”
The statement above is from a farm wife in northeast Ohio — a state that will play a significant part in determining who the next President of the United States will be.
She seemed still undecided who she would vote for, or even if she would vote only for down-ballot candidates. One thing was certain, if she did cast her vote for President it would be a vote for the lesser of two evils.
U.S. net farm income has dropped $52 billion since 2013, “the steepest decline in farm income on record,” according to Dr. Bob Young, Chief Economist and Deputy Director for Public Policy for the American Farm Bureau Federation.
While she said they were “doing alright so far” during this downturn it is yet to be determined what will be the impacts of lingering low milk prices and this year’s corn yields on their farm as low as 60 bushels to the acre due to a short-term, moderate drought. (typical corn yields are between 130-170 bu./acre)
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