Barack Obama's plans for US farmers
Now that Barack Obama has been named the 44th President of the United
States, things are about the change. But what changes in agriculture can be
As stated on the website Cardy-Brown.com the
biofuel policy was always a major point of difference between Obama and his
republican rival John McCain. McCain supported lowering the US import tariff on
ethanol which would potentially have led to an increase in Brazilian ethanol and
a subsequent fall in demand for domestically produced corn-based ethanol.
Brazilian ethanol is far more efficient, both economically in terms of
production costs and environmentally in terms of the energy produced.
contrast Barack Obama has repeatedly emphasised the importance of US energy
independence as a driver of biofuels production in the US and is therefore
likely to support domestically produced biofuels in favour of imports.
Dutch agricultural newspaper Agrarisch
Dagblad reports that Obama is likely to increase the subsidies for
agriculture (a typical Democratic approach). Obama also was pro the new farm
bill, which was a major issue at the beginning of 2008. At the time, Obama said
the new legislation was not perfect, but he supported the part where – mainly
small – farmers get more subsidies from the government.
Regarding the environment, Obama recognises the
problems of global warming and he mentioned in one of his speeches that he aims
to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions with 80% in 2050 (compared to 1990).
Obama was also the only candidate that addressed sustainable and ecological
farming. His plans regarding this topic are not fully clear yet, but it is
expected that more money will be reserved for conventional farmers who want to
farm in an ecological way.
New Minister of Agriculture
Obama wants more money for young people who want to pursue their career in
agriculture. This is needed as the average farmer in the US is 55 years old. The
next coming months, all this ideas has to become clearer. The first important
step is to appoint a new Minister of Agriculture. Some people name Collin
Peterson, a democrat from Minnesota for this position.
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