New Ag Champions
They say change is good, but try telling that to a number of veteran lobbyists agonizing over announcements made by several “ag champions” that they will not be running again for their seats in the Senate come 2014. Some of these Senators have been around since the 80‘s, and for the most part, have generally been known to put the best interests of U.S. agriculture before political affiliations. Feelings over the loss of such sources of “agriculture expertise” within the Senate are conflicted for many within the ag community. Their departure will most certainly be felt by way of lost expertise, and good working relationships forged going by the wayside. That said, such departures are the natural order of things, which leads us right back to the old axiom that change is good. I’m one of those who believe that Senators and House members should have term limits; as there comes a point it seems when many individuals holding these positions for extended periods of time start to forget who they are really “working” for and why. Therefore, it is good to introduce new faces with new perspectives, ideals, and zeal for doing what’s best for the country and agriculture.