Lafayette farmer Alan Kemper has a lot of experience on the national farm stage and helping develop farm policy for political candidates is common. This week he is doing just that in Florida. Kemper is a past National Corn Growers Association president, immediate past president of American Soybean Association and its current chairman, and he is in Tampa as an Indiana District 4 delegate to the Republican National Convention.
He is also assisting the Mitt Romney campaign with its farm policy, he told HAT just before attending the National Republican Ag Lunch.
“This is kind of a who’s who in agriculture and particularly in the Republican party. There are about twenty of us trying to help devise the ag policy for the Mitt Romney campaign, so we’ll be doing that. I expect a lot of congressmen at the lunch. I expect probably two to three hundred. In the past the presidential nominee has come over, so I pretty much expect Mr. Romney to come over and address us also.”
Following what he called a very exciting first night of the convention, Kemper said among the reasons he would like farmers to take a look at the Romney/Ryan ticket for President is a need for change at EPA.
“There is a lot of dissatisfaction with the current administrator there.”
Other factors he said are to continue “on the pro-growth, pro-export agenda. Republicans are the first free traders, usually, so the exports would continue. Then I think he gives us a great chance as President for Republicans to get the White House to work with the Congress on creating a Farm Bill for the future. I know there is a lot of talk of trying to extend this one, and it sounds like yesterday from Marlin Stutzman we would. I know the American Soybean Association would rather have four years, but where are we going over the next decade or so.”
In Tampa Kemper’s push has been for the new 4-year Farm Bill, and he has had discussions with others like Senator Grassley from Iowa, Indiana Congressman Stutzman, who sits on the House Ag Committee.
Whether it’s a new bill or an extension, “either way we know for a fact that we need to move forward. A lot of the concern in agriculture is dealing with the food stamp, or SNAP or nutrition program issue, which is part of the Farm Bill. Is there is a need to divide it from the actual ag and jobs bill versus the nutrition. So we’ll have that discussion as we go forward also.”[audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/08/Kemper-helps-Romney-campaign.mp3|titles=Kemper helps Romney campaign]
On the issues of risk management and conservation he feels there is room to expand under a Republican administration.
This is Kemper’s 5th national convention and he says there is more buzz and excitement than he witnessed in those previous four. In the HAT interview he highlighted the Ann Romney and Chris Christie Tuesday night speeches:[audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/08/Alan-Kemper-from-RNC-Tampa.mp3|titles=Alan Kemper from RNC Tampa](Pence-Kemper picture from https://hoosiersintampa.com/)