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On the Stump: Politics 2018

June 25, 2018
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

FIRST UP: Tim Gannon, the Democratic nominee for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture met with us (Betty Dahms, editor of The Gladbrook Northern Sun-Print and Reinbeck Courier and myself) on Thursday, June 21 takes the honor of being the first candidate for the November 2018 General Election to visit the newspaper office.

He worked for then Secretary of Agriculture (and former Iowa Governor) Tom Vilsack in Washington for some five years.

Gannon now is back to farming with his father and nephew near Mingo in Jasper County where he grew up.

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His message on Thursday was support through trade, development of new agricultural products and markets are needed for rural Iowa - not only for the farmers themselves, but the entire well-being of the area.

He said a downturn in farming rolls right over into affecting such things as local school funding and provides less incentive for people to live in rural areas.

Gannon expressed the concern many share about the Trump tariffs and their possible effect on the farm economy. He cited an Iowa State University study which claims a loss of $624 million in the U.S. soybean market and $300 million for corn if the tariffs are put into full effect.

For farming in Iowa he said he is calling for more cover crops to aid in soil retention and water quality and more research dollars for the ISU agricultural departments to develop additional alternative crops.

-J. Speer


send out survey

The campaign of Iowa Democratic Governor and Lt. Governor candidates Fred Hubbell and Rita Hart passed along this survey:

We're ready to take on Gov. Reynolds and deliver results that Iowans desperately need to improve their quality of life and make our state a better place for our children and grandchildren.

But first, we want to hear from you - what are your biggest concerns in this election, what does new, experienced leadership mean to you, and how can we make sure to bring Iowa values back to the governor's desk?

Our vision to get Iowa growing are the values of this great state, and we want to know what putting people first means to you. Take our general election survey now to share your priorities with us!

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In addition to the editorial above and other submissions, Grassely Press sent this:

Grassley, Ernst meet

with Ambassador Branstad

WASHINGTON - Iowa's U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst met with U.S. Ambassador to China and former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad yesterday in Washington, D.C. The discussion included issues such as the relationship between the United States and China, security in East Asia and ongoing developments regarding North Korea.

One topic of concern was trade between the United States and China, and the impact tariffs will have on Iowa agriculture. Another focus of the meeting was production of the deadly drug fentanyl in China and its increasing consumption in America as the country faces a growing opioid, heroin and fentanyl epidemic.

"It's always a pleasure to meet with my longtime friend and colleague Ambassador Branstad. He brings a steady hand and commonsense leadership to the complicated issues that face U.S. agriculture and so many other priorities," Grassley said. "His efforts benefit Iowa and the nation and I look forward to continuing to work with him as we confront challenges in the East Asia region."

"Ambassador Branstad has done a wonderful job representing our country in China, particularly as it relates to the agricultural and trade issues that so strongly affect Iowans," Ernst said. "I was also pleased to get his input on the situation with North Korea, and the work our government is doing in the region to combat the production of the deadly and highly addictive drug fentanyl that devastates the lives of so many in the U.S. I thank Ambassador Branstad for his time to update Senator Grassley and me on his efforts, and look forward to continue working with him to ensure Iowans' and Americans' interests are protected."



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