Our nation has incredible diversity, but we do have a few things in common: we all like to eat and wear clothes, which means we need farms and ranches. A nation that cannot provide its own food and its own fuel will always be at risk. While energy continues to develop, our farms and ranches remain the most productive and innovative in the world. The modern farm is technically integrated and directly affected by global trade agreements and commodity price swings. There is no substitute for the hard work and moral tenacity of America's farmers.
It is essential to help negotiate trade agreements with markets around the world while protecting our farms and ranches from tariffs. Federal burdens like fuel tank storage restrictions, the endangered species act, grain storage inspections on family farms, interstate farm truck rules, dust particulate regulations and youth labor restrictions show an arrogance of power from Washington DC. Federal officials who spend their life on concrete should not boss around families who live their lives on the land.