California Farm Bureau endorses John McCain for president
» October 1, 2008 «
Citing his commitment to improve the business climate for farmers by holding the line on taxes and opening markets for farm products, the California Farm Bureau Federation announced today its endorsement of John McCain for president of the United States.
"The health of California family farms and ranches depends in large part on our ability to get affordable food to more customers who want to buy our products. John McCain is absolutely committed to provide family farmers and ranchers, and all small business owners, economic freedom so they can succeed. McCain has pledged not to raise taxes and has expressed his belief that rural America can best be served by lower taxes, strong markets and a vibrant economy," California Farm Bureau President Doug Mosebar said.
In a conference call during the summer with the American Farm Bureau Federation Council of Presidents, McCain, R-Ariz., pledged that he would work to expand agricultural trade, adding, "One of my jobs is to open every market in the world to your products."
Mosebar participated in that meeting and said he came away "encouraged by John McCain's position to expand access to foreign markets and promote American farm goods in other nations."
"As a fellow Westerner, John McCain understands the particular issues facing California farmers and ranchers," Mosebar said. "He knows that sustainable farms and ranches depend on reliable water supplies. He supports policies governing natural resources and public lands that rely on sound science and focus on collaboration between public agencies and private landowners."
The California Farm Bureau Federation, the state's largest farm organization, works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of 91,000 members statewide.
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