Congress change means policy change


Leaving a backlog of work it clearly had no appetite for, a deeply divided, very worried Congress skedaddled out of Washington at the end of September to make its re-election case to an equally divided, equally worried electorate.
Will the chilly winds of October blow the GOP from power? Maybe, but political handicappers of all stripes see the race for control of Congress a toss-up.
Rural voters. So do the voters; especially rural voters. A late September Center for Rural Strategies poll found 41 predominantly rural Congressional races in dead heats.
Pollsters Anna Greenburg and Bill Greener – she a Democrat, he a Republican – agree that the rural vote holds the key to who will hold power Nov. 8.
While the election’s outcome is up for grabs, its effect on farm policy is more certain.
If the GOP keeps its majority in either the Senate or the House or both, expect the respective ag committee leaders to remain:


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Alan Guebert was raised on an 800-acre, 100-cow southern Illinois dairy farm. After graduation from the University of Illinois in 1980, he served as a writer and editor at Professional Farmers of America, Successful Farming magazine and Farm Journal magazine. His syndicated agricultural column, The Farm and Food File, began in June, 1993, and now appears weekly in more than 70 publications throughout the U.S. and Canada. He and spouse Catherine, a social worker, have two adult children.