New Mexico Farmer Says You're Either On or Off the Fence with Trump's Policies - "Pun Intended"Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:20:01 CDT
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn attended the 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio a couple weeks ago. Prior to this event though, Bayer hosted its annual AgVocacy Forum, inviting several movers and shakers from the agricultural industry to speak and participate in panel discussions designed to raise the level of conversation about many of the important issues facing the ag community. Jay Hill, a young diversified crop farmer from New Mexico, was one of the participants at the forum. He spoke to Horn after his panel discussion to defend some of the positions he has taken on several of the socio-political movements going on in the country today, affecting agriculture. Listen to Horn interview Hill about his views regarding the issues affecting the agricultural industry during the Bayer AgVocacy Forum, by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of this story.
“It’s time to really look at some of the hard questions,” Hill said regarding what advice he would offer policymakers as leaders in Washington prepare for talks on the upcoming Farm Bill and other legislative priorities such as action on immigration and trade. “We really need to take a hard look and spend some town hall time and we need to talk to some producers.”
As a producer operating adjacent to the Mexican border, Hill is torn between his political beliefs and the viability of his operation, feeling the pressures of the unique situation going on in the US. In some ways, Hill would like to see restrictions on Mexico, firming the border on matters of immigration as well as trade, calling the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) a “broken system.”
“I believe we need to really work with Mexico,” Hill asserted. “But when somebody can live 20 miles South of me, produce the same crop I do at a fraction of the price, either I need to get out this business or I need something that’s going to even the playing field.”
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