U.S. Senator Barack Obama’s campaign today announced the endorsement of 25 former and current leaders of the National Farmers Union (NFU), including the personal endorsement of the NFU President and Vice President, along with several other rural leaders, farmers and current and former agricultural officials from across the country. These endorsements come on the 60th Anniversary of President Harry Truman’s historic speech in Dexter, Iowa on the American farmer. That speech, delivered on September 18, 1948, was given during Truman’s “Whistle Stop” campaign tour, and is regarded as one of the first major addresses regarding modern farm policy.
These endorsements come from agricultural leaders from across the political spectrum, representing almost all of the 50 states. Among the supporters are 25 current and former leaders of the Farmers Union, including Tom Buis, President of the National Farmers Union, six former Presidents of the National Corn Growers Association, including Fred Yoder and Leon Corzine, 22 current and former State Directors of Agriculture, including Roger Johnson, President of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, and 38 former State Executive Directors of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA).
Senator Barack Obama said, “I am humbled to receive this support from those that know America’s farmers best. Many of the issues facing rural America are the same that we are all facing, and I am determined to ensure that we do all that we can to support this key industry. If we fail rural America, we fail all of America.”
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