A brand new political nonprofit group is trying to flip farmers in battleground states in opposition to President Donald Trump, the Toledo Blade studies.
The Rural America Fund 2020 is reaching out to farmers in Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Minnesota.
The group “seeks to raise public awareness about the impacts of President Trump’s policies in rural America,” in accordance to its web site. The web site highlights an uptick in farm bankruptcies, mortgage delinquencies and suicides throughout Trump’s presidency.
In a video on the group’s web site, Pennsylvania resident Theron Terry Noble made his case in opposition to Trump.
“In 2016, President [Trump] spoke to rural Pennsylvanians about two things that hit home — draining the swamp and infrastructure,” he mentioned. “Four years later, our roads and bridges are still crumbling, we will suffer from lack of connectivity, both broadband, internet and cell phone service. Meanwhile, we learn the swamp has only gotten larger. It’s time to get better.”
It is unclear who’s heading up the nationwide effort. The Blade studies that every state has its personal steering committee made up of farmers and agri-business professionals.
Organizers instructed The Blade the nonprofit will take a grassroots method that may deal with training and outreach to get its message to voters.
Leading up Ohio’s committee is Steve Maurer, the previous Ohio state director for the USDA Farm Service Agency below President Barack Obama and former director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
Maurer mentioned the group’s purpose is to attain voters “to dispel the myths that exist about the Trump presidency and try to move people into looking at both sides in rural Ohio, and to say maybe four years ago wasn’t such a good choice.”
He mentioned farmers have been dealing with monetary strains due to commerce tensions between the U.S. and China and different nations. He mentioned the group will even deal with discussing supply-chain points and the president’s response through the coronavirus pandemic.
“Sometimes you wonder why people do what they do at the ballot box,” he mentioned. “And my guess is lots of people, farmers included, could also be saying one factor as we speak and find yourself doing one thing completely different after they’re casting a poll.’
Coordinator for the steering committees Leland Swenson mentioned the target of the group is to speak about what sort of management is finest for the states it’s concentrating on.
“Our whole goal here is to say there is an opportunity for the voices in rural Ohio, rural Pennsylvania, and rural Michigan to be heard,” Swenson, the previous USDA Farm Service Agency director in Colorado below Obama, instructed The Blade. “One thing we’ve seen in rural areas is that we’ve sort of been complacent, sometimes not addressing the critical issues that have resulted in the loss of small businesses in our rural communities or the loss of rural hospitals.”