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Farmers must speak up for trade in hostile political climate

Farmers must speak up for trade in hostile political climate

I’ve never seen American politicians as hostile to free trade as they are right now.

We’ve witnessed spats of protectionism before, but it seems like today’s major presidential candidates think they’re in a biz­arre contest to see who can spew the most narrow-minded vision of economic isolationism.

Voters will have to decide for themselves whether to vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump this November. For farmers, from terrorism to taxation, we’ll have a lot to think about that has little to do with agriculture.

As we consider our choices, however, we must defend ourselves and our livelihoods by speaking the truth about trade — and correcting the rhetorical record that both nominees make worse with each passing day of this election season.

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