NCBA: Obama Midwest tour misinforms farmers and ranchers

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WASHINGTON – During U.S. President Barak Obama’s bus tour through rural America, a common theme of overregulation has been brought to the president’s attention. The president was confronted by farmers and ranchers worried about the excess of burdensome, costly and scientifically unfounded regulations. President Obama advised the audience Wed., Aug. 16, 2011, in Atkinson, Ill., not to believe everything they hear and blamed lobbyists for getting “all ginned up.”

The president went as far as calling some rumors of regulations “frankly unfounded,” without specifically addressing any regulations or the administration’s regulatory review promised earlier this year. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Immediate Past President Steve Foglesong said the president missed an opportunity to tell Illinois farmers anything to ease their concerns.

“The fact is this administration is intent on stifling free enterprise by allowing agencies in this administration to propose regulation after regulation without any analysis on the impact on jobs in this country,” said Foglesong, who is a crop and livestock producer in Astoria, Ill. “The president is out of touch with rural America.”

Foglesong said the tour across rural America was not a listening session. In fact, he says the president dismissed legitimate concerns of this administration regulating farmers and ranchers out of business. He said the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s proposed rule on livestock and poultry marketing alone could cost 114,000 jobs nationwide and increase retail meat prices more than 3 percent.

“Either the president has no clue what regulations his bureaucratic agencies are proposing or he simply doesn’t care,” said Foglesong. “Burdensome, costly and scientifically unfounded regulations do not create jobs. I was naïve to think a tour in rural America might make a difference.”

 The president touted free trade agreements as a way to create jobs. In fact, Foglesong said the president is right. For every $1 billion worth of agricultural good exported, 8,000 jobs are created. However, the president has yet to send the agreements to Congress.

 “For more than five years, trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea have collected dust while our competitors sign, seal and deliver on trade deals,” said Foglesong. “If the president is serious about jobs and stimulating the economy, then he needs to send the trade deals now. Instead of passing blame, the president needs to lead.” 

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Robert McLean    
North Carolina  |  August, 19, 2011 at 06:39 AM

Here he goes again, promising untold benefits and help while telling others anything he thinks sounds good to them. Obama is the most divisive, ignorant fool to ever hold office in this country. It is nice to know that he hates farmers too. That is unless they are black and said they tried to farm at one time or other. Then he gives them $50,000 in reparation money. Obama seems to also be driving a wedge between whites and blacks with his "good deeds" to the black community. This has resulted in the largest black unemployment problem since the other Depression. College-educated idiots who voted for the Obama in 2008 have been paid well by his anti-business practices that have caused there to be no jobs for them either. It is just about time that America woke up and threw this bum and his Democrat co-conspirators out of office forever!

"Kid Richie"    
Arlington, TX  |  August, 19, 2011 at 09:29 AM

Obama is a socialist stooge. He has no desire to support or save our economy. He wants to impose socialism and therefore has to destroy capitalism and our Constitution. Not only Obama in the present, but those before him also, going back decades. George Soros hates America and says it stands in the way of World Government. He supports Obama! Obama does not stand for the good of this country as it was founded and intended to be.

Michigan  |  August, 19, 2011 at 10:35 AM

This is all part of his campaign promise to transform America --- banking, auto industry, health care, energy etc. As he was not raised in our country, his value system is not aligned with capitalism. His plan for America is on track in his mind and definitely intentional.

Arkansas  |  August, 19, 2011 at 08:37 PM

I agree with all the comments below. This president's ignorance would be somewhat comical if he wasn't the president. He is dangerous for agriculture. It scares me that some groups are advocating this president's socialist policies. Bringing big government into agriculture is bad medicine. The worst for my small 80 head operation will be the GIPSA rule. It honestly scares me. I don't want to sell out.

Doc Freeman    
Tennessee  |  August, 20, 2011 at 07:43 AM

BHO is the only president that will tell you what he thinks you want to hear and then do what ever he wants. He lies to your face. He is not a man that can be trusted. He is a socialist and he wants to change America into a third world country. Then is good buddy and mentor George Soros can begin his New World Order.

Margaret Goodwin    
Grants Pass, OR  |  August, 20, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Overregulation is stifling our economy and forcing many industries to relocate overseas. Farmers and ranchers, in particular, are being hobbled by often conflicting federal and local regulations that make it harder and harder to stay in business, yet more of these obstructive regulations get piled on every year. I produced a video about the effects of overregulation on ranchers and Farmers in Southern Oregon, called "Rafming in Oregon: An Endangered Industry." You can view it on YouTube at

Weston, Oregon  |  August, 20, 2011 at 09:34 PM

We will see if the Farm Belt learned anything in the last 2 1/2 years. They voted for the idiot in the white house, so I will wait and see if they vote to throw him out.

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