August 19, 2016

Trump Agriculture Team Lets Lobbyists Know Who to Cultivate

 |  By: Bloomberg News

With the randomness that’s been a hallmark of Donald Trump’s quest for the White House, the announcement of his Agricultural Advisory Committee arrived on Tuesday to strategically highlight the candidate’s broad swath of support from rural America.

The 64-person list is a cross-section of Republican Party leaders from farm and ag-friendly states. The chairmen of both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees are there (Michael Conaway and Pat Roberts), along with the governors of every single rectangle-shaped state on the Great Plains, the governor from the more sauce-pan shaped Oklahoma (Mary Fallin), plus numerous agriculture commissioners and a former USDA Secretary (John Block).

It includes former presidential campaign opponents (Jim Gilmore and Rick Perry) and misspells the name of Iowa’s agriculture secretary (sorry, Bill Northey, you don’t pronounce the "e"). It goes on to feature an array of lobbyists, including former Acting Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner, who is now the head of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Rebeckah Adcock, CropLife America Inc.’s top government-affairs director, and Tom Nassif, the president of the Western Growers Association. It also includes a few people who have supported legal status for undocumented workers.

Nowhere to be found: Any big players from the American Farm Bureau Federation or current chiefs of the major commodity-crop lobbies.

Read more at www.agweb.com.