Election is a Chance to Shape Agriculture's Future
Election 2022 is an important time for U.S. agriculture and its many stakeholders to cast their votes. John Iverson is a past Young Farmer & Rancher Chair and Oregon farmer who says it’s more important than ever to make your voice heard.
Iverson… “I think if you look at Europe and what's happening with their fuel insecurity, imagine if that was food insecurity and food prices rising, and you're relying on other countries for food. And even though we're not there within the United States, it could happen. Seems like agriculture is always under attack, and so, it's very important to get people in office that understand agriculture and support agricultural here, domestically. And with the farm bill coming up, it's really important that we helped shape that farm bill to make it work for farmers.”
Iverson also provided some of the resources available concerning agricultural issues.
Iverson… “Our state has a voter pamphlet I'm guessing most states do. That's always a good spot to start and read and know what the candidates stands for. Two other really good resources is your state farm bureau a lot of times we'll have resources on candidates they endorse and support and why. But another really good resource is the “I farm, I vote” page on American Farm Bureau’s website. It's fb.org/vote. You can check your registration status, you can find out what district you're in, what candidates are running in your area, so I think that's a really good resource.”
Iverson added that young people shouldn’t be afraid to get involved in the political process because he says it’s a lot like farming.
Iverson… “The seeds you plant today will bear fruit in the future…and so we want to make sure that the policies we set today will positively impact us down the road.”