National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson, Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis and Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen had positive things to say about the President’s State of the Union Address.
Johnson applauded the commitment of President Obama and the administration to address the nation’s budget deficit through both reasonable revenue increases and responsible spending reductions.NFU was also encouraged by the President’s call for Congress to pass a market-based solution to climate change.
Johnson says extreme weather events are hurting the ability of America’s farmers and ranchers to provide the nation with food, feed, fiber and fuel. But with the right incentives – he says agriculture can play a significant role in combating climate change by being a part of the solution.
The President’s emphasis on finding a bipartisan solution to the nation’s immigration crisis was also commended. But Johnson notes the ag industry faces different challenges than other U.S. industries – and says any comprehensive immigration reform proposal must recognize and address the industry’s needs.
House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas had other thoughts. He expressed disappointment and said that the President didn’t present a plan to prevent sequestration from going into effect.
To improve the economy – Lucas says President Obama must realize the federal government has a spending problem – not a revenue problem. According to Lucas – the only way to get a grip on the country’s debt problem is to make significant cuts. He says raising taxes on hard-working American families is not the solution. Lucas did express some hope that the President is serious about pursuing a plan to get the U.S. economy back on solid ground.