The National Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Corn Growers Association, in partnership with the Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota and Nebraska Corn Growers Associations, have released a tool to help voters quickly determine where candidates stand on a variety of agricultural issues.

Aimed at keeping corn farmers informed and engaged in the political process during the 2012 presidential campaign, the Corn Caucus report card and accompanying information offer succinct information gathered through a survey of major candidates on issues relating to NCGA’s legislative priorities.

“While NCGA does not endorse any candidate, we do work to educate voters on candidate stances on the issues affecting farming,” said NCGA Grower Services Action Team Chair Brandon Hunnicutt.

“Similar to other industries, agriculture has many areas that are touched by government activities. The information made available through the Corn Caucus project is a valuable tool for anyone considering how a candidate’s views might eventually impact many areas of their operation.”

This year, the survey looked at candidate views on ethanol, farm programs, trade, the Environmental Protection Agency and transportation. Awarding each candidate a letter grade for their farm-friendliness in subcategories of each area, the final report card offers insight into the strengths and weaknesses of candidate positions on agriculture.

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