I wasn’t surprised to get this e-mail from the Boswell campaign today:
Iowa Corn Growers Association Votes to Endorse Congressman Leonard Boswell
Des Moines, IA – The Iowa Corn Growers Association Political Action Committee (PAC) voted to endorse Congressman Leonard Boswell today. “I am very pleased to accept the endorsement of the Iowa Corn Growers Association,” said Congressman Boswell. “As a hands-on farmer, I have had a relationship with the Iowa Corn Growers for many years. The work they do is crucial to the success and prosperity of Iowa’s corn producers.”
“The Iowa Corn Growers Association appreciates Congressman Boswell’s current work on the Farm Bill. He provides consistent leadership on behalf of Iowa farmers, and we look forward to working with him in the future out in Washington,” said Max Smith, committee member of the Iowa Corn Growers Association PAC.
The Iowa Corn Growers Association consists of nearly 6,000 members across the state of Iowa.
Boswell certainly is a steadfast supporter of the current federal agriculture policy, and large corn growers do profit from that policy.
Many people, including myself, think that policy benefits a relatively small number of relatively large farms. Corn subsidies in particular have been cited as a contributing factor to the obesity epidemic, as high-fructose corn syrup has been added to so many processed foods and drinks.
I would like to see a shift in our national agriculture policy, which would provide more support for conservation, crop diversity, local food networks and small farmers. I don’t expect much help from Boswell on those issues. But that works out great for large-scale corn growers.