U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Have a Friend in Romney, NEW COALITION

American ranchers and farmers have formed a new coalition for Governor Mitt Romney…

Having lived a portion of my life among America’s western sagebrushed ranches and farm hayfields, I know what a hardscrabble existence it can be. I also know how VITAL America’s amazing salt-of-the-earth ranchers and farmers are to our nation’s well-being and to the world.

Did you know that farming alone creates 23 MILLION jobs for Americans? That makes agriculture our nation’s largest employer. 23 million jobs is enough to employ every single person in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Portland, Denver, Phoenix, San Diego, Houston, Philadelphia, and Boston - COMBINED. No doubt about it, farmers and ranchers grow our economy.

These are just a few of the reasons I was happy to hear today’s news from Mitt Romney. A dynamic new coalition has been created - ‘Farmers and Ranchers for Romney’:

I’m honored to have so many farmers and ranchers standing with my campaign,” said Mitt Romney. “They are the backbone of America and play a critical role in ensuring Americans across the country have access to safe and affordable food. The fruit of their labor nourishes the world, and I admire their hard work in harvesting our country’s bountiful resources. Our farmers and ranchers also have a critical role in the health of our economy, employingth millions of Americans. I’m grateful to have their support in my efforts to turn around the economy and strengthen the middle class.”

I’ve heard Governor Romney speak of the summer when he was 15 years old and he went to work on his uncle’s ranch in Idaho. He said they raised corn and lots and lots of alfalfa. He recalled how long the days were; it was good, hard work - and a great way to gain real appreciation for the daily rigors of ranching and farming.

Commissioner Adam Putnam said, “As Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner, I’m proud to be supporting Governor Romney’s campaign to get this country moving in the right direction again. While agriculture in America has its own set of unique challenges, farmers are looking for a leader in the White House who knows how the private sector works. Throughout the past three and a half years, President Obama has demonstrated in both his rhetoric and his policies that he lacks that understanding. I’m confident that Governor Romney’s experience and vision will restore a brighter future for all Americans.”

Senator Mike Johanns said, “Having served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and represented Nebraskans as both Governor and Senator, I’m familiar with the challenges and opportunities throughout rural America. From ranches to family farms, the heartland helped build this nation and agriculture remains part of the very fabric that binds it together. President Obama’s policies have failed to reinvigorate our economy, and even worse, his regulatory overreach stifled growth and cost jobs. Once a man of soaring rhetoric, his words now diminish the labor and sacrifice of all Americans by saying they didn’t build their businesses. I grew up on a farm and know that success is not the result of government action, but rather individual initiative and hard work. Mitt Romney understands the power of free enterprise and its ability to unleash the entrepreneurial spirit. As president, he will not only jumpstart economic growth in this country, but also carefully tend to the needs of agricultural producers and rural communities.”

Former USDA Deputy Secretary Charles Conner said, “I was raised on a family farm, and having policies which help agriculture thrive is close to my heart. That’s one of the reasons why I’m supporting Mitt Romney. The task of turning around our economy so it works for all Americans will not be an easy one, but I’m confident Governor Romney will deliver. Having spent most of his career in the private sector, he knows why President Obama’s policies have ill-served economic growth and the jobs that only free enterprise can create.”

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey said, “Here in Iowa, farmers and ranchers form a key role in powering our economy. Over the course of the past three and a half years, President Obama hasn’t made good on the promises of his campaign four years ago, and the impact of his economic policies has been devastating throughout the country. The need for a new direction and fresh leadership in the White House could not be clearer, and I believe Mitt Romney will provide both.”

What do American farmers grow?

National Chairs
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam
Ambassador Tom Nassif
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey
Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer
Sen. Mike Johanns (NE)
Former USDA Acting/Deputy Secretary Charles Conner

National Co-Chairs
Secretary John Block
Secretary Ed Schafer
Secretary Clayton Keith Yeutter
Sen. Pat Roberts (KS)
Sen. Jerry Moran (KS)
Sen. Roy Blunt (MO)
Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA)
Sen. John Hoeven (ND)
Sen. Thad Cochran (MS)
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (GA)
Sen. John Boozman (AR)
Rep. Frank Lucas (OK)
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA)
Rep. Randy Neugebauer (TX)
Rep. Mike Conaway (TX)
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (NE)
Rep. Glenn “G.T.” Thompson (PA)
Rep. Marlin Stutzman (IN)
Rep. Bob Gibbs (OH)
Rep. Scott Tipton (CO)
Rep. Steve Southerland (FL)
Rep. Rick Crawford (AR)
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (KS)
Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL)
Rep. Reid Ribble (WI)
Rep. Jack Kingston (GA)
Rep. Stephen Fincher (TN)
Rep. Cory Gardner (CO)
Rep. Tom Latham (IA)
Rep. Kristi Noem (SD)
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA)
Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black
Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman
Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Michael Strain
Michigan Agriculture Director Jamie Clover Adams
Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith
South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers
Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples
Utah Agriculture Commissioner Leonard Blackham
Wisconsin Agriculture Secretary Ben Brancel

Food for Thought from ( americasfarmers.com):

National Advisory Board
Former Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Jack Parnell
Former Agriculture Secretary Bill Even, South Dakota
Former Agriculture Secretary Arthur Gen “A.G.” Kawamura, California
Former Agriculture Secretary Don Ament, Colorado
Bryan Black, Past President, National Pork Producers Council
Al Montna, Former Chairman, USA Rice Federation
Chris Policinski, CEO, Land O’Lakes
Greg Ibach, Director – Nebraska Department of Agriculture
J.D. Alexander – President, National Cattleman’s Beef Association
The Honorable Randy Russell, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Agriculture
Katie Smith – Former Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture
John Miller— Former CEO, National Beef Packing Company
Steve Troxler – North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner
The Honorable Leland Strom
John Johnson, former USDA Deputy Administrator
Charles Kruse, former Missouri Farm Bureau President
Nathan Sanderson Ph.D., Agriculture Policy Advisor to South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard
Tom Stenzel, President, United Fresh Produce Association
Jim Magagna, Wyoming
Hobey Bauhan, Virginia
Jay Vroom
Beau Greenwood
Sam Moore, Kentucky
James Moody, Cold Creek Farms
Bruce Nelson, Former Chairman, USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council
Dan Wyant, Past Director, Michigan Department of Agriculture
Mike Yost, Past Chairman and President, American Soybean Association
Former U.S. Senator Duncan Faircloth (NC)
Former U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes (NC), Chairman, NC Republican Party
Trent Bushner, former President Colorado Corn Growers
Robert Bray, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association
Mike Firestine, Pennsylvania
Dave Armstrong, GreenStone Farm Credit Services
Richard Ebert, Vice President of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau

To America’s farmers and ranchers… Thank you.

Throughout the course of Romney’s campaign, he’s listened carefully to ranchers and farmers across America speak about their livelihoods and concerns about Washington. He’s heard their complaints about the Endangered Species Act and the over-regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency. Back when Mitt Romney Central first came into being, I wrote an article titled ‘The Real Dirt‘. It focused on the devastating plight of farmers in America’s western bread-basket, California’s San Joaquin Valley, and their battle with environmentalists, liberal legislators, and a tiny two inch fish in trying to get water to their farms. To further illustrate what Romney may be hearing from our farmers and ranchers, read the report here. (It still isn’t resolved; updates included).

Governor Romney also understands how the high cost of energy affects farmers and ranchers and how vital it is, for many reasons, for the USA to become energy independent. Maintaining a moratorium on inheritance taxes is also vital in preserving family farms, since the livelihood of so many families was lost when a death meant having to sell the family farm to pay the taxes. The Gov also knows how free, fair trade benefits our food producers.

Being a rancher or farmer means work begins long before the sun rises - continuing until starlight slips into the night sky. It’s a life of sacrifice, oft taken for granted by we who depend on them: Chores and chapped skin, roaring farm equipment and rock-picking, ploughing fields and planting acres, sprinkler pipes, silage, and silos, lathered horses and lowing cattle, repair bills and rattlesnakes, fence riding and fertilizer, mucking stalls and making do, weather and wood ticks, coyotes and cow punching, risks and delayed rewards, no sick days or recognition plaques, and always plenty of hope for bounteous harvests and healthy herds.

God bless our ranchers and farmers.

They have a friend in Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

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3 Responses to U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Have a Friend in Romney, NEW COALITION

  1. Bill Coats says:

    Why doesn’t Romney release his tax returns for the past 10 years. That way he could prove he paid income tax and didn’t take advantage of the amnesty program.

  2. AfricansforRomney says:

    I heard on radio yesterday a story on Obama’s wind energy tax credit propagnda vist in Iowa farm.
    The headline reads “Obama’s Iowa hosts say they’ll pray for him, but they won’t vote for him”. LOL!hehehehe


  3. Hazel Mcvicar says:

    I’m 81 years old.Grew up on small farm in Tenn. Worked very hard as a girl growing up. Have also worked in public service jobs now retired. Need Romney and Ryan to save us seniors from Obama.