Would it be too much to ask for the presidential candidates to give us a clue about their plans for the American food supply? After all, the ability to feed ourselves is vital. More than 16 million jobs are dependent on agriculture.
Yet, I canâ€™t recall anything other than a few badly misguided thoughts on trade, which is important. Most of those ideas range from foolish to a catastrophe.
The farm bill was written in 2014 by an overly optimistic Congress during a good time for agriculture. Now the bad times have arrived and there is no safety net. Some of us fear a 1980s replay. Family farmers could be forced off the land and we canâ€™t spare many. That seems worthy of presidential attention.
Agriculture is under attack by foolish intentions on the right to gut crop insurance. Family farmers are also under siege by a clueless, but aggressive, army of regulators on the left.
Mr. or Madam Potential President, weâ€™d like to hear from you about this.