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Issue Position: Agriculture

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Growing up the son of a John Deere Farm Implement Dealership owner I learned the importance of sound agricultural policy. We need government policies that open up the playing field, so Iowa farmers can better compete in the national and international markets. It is unrealistic that American farmers face high tariffs when exporting their products to foreign countries while those same countries can import their goods to the United States tariff-free. I will work hard in Congress to enact policies that strengthen Iowa's farmers and keep them strong.

In addition, I fully support a complete and total permanent repeal of the "Death Tax." It's wrong to punish someone's lifetime of hard work by another onerous tax.

At the same time, I vigorously oppose the unsound, unfair and unrealistic limitations and taxation imposed by special interest groups whose unfounded scientific claims are used for the basis of the largest tax increase in the history of the world. The implications of this reckless school of thought will insufferably increase the tax burden most heavily on Iowa's farmers. Fuel, fertilizer, utilities, and all aspects of farm operating costs will be taxed out of reach. It will be the end of family farming as we know it. Only the large corporate owned farms could possibly bear the burden of cap and trade.

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