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Economist Says Presidential Candidates Only Paying Lip-Service to Rural Issues

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The Economics Department Chair at the University of North Dakota says the voters who place a high priority on agricultural policy and rural issues have been largely invisible in the presidential campaigns. Speaking on AgriTalk Radio this week – Dr. David Flynn said we’re hearing far too little about the issues affecting agriculture and rural economies. While these issues are critically important to the entire country – he said they’re being overlooked as both campaigns focus on regions and demographics where they believe the most votes are up for grabs. Flynn said the candidates tend to focus on the importance of farming in rural life when they visit small towns and state fairs in the middle part of the country – but not on the national stage. He noted campaign literature from both campaigns is dramatically lacking in policy statements on agriculture or rural issues. He believes the candidates should be pointing to agriculture as a success story – and looking at how to replicate that performance in other sectors of the economy.

Source: NAFB News Service