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Farmers knock ag policies
by Chris Harper
"A forgotten minority-farmers." That's
how one rural resident a George McGovern
supporter described his disgust with President
Nixon's agricultural policies.
But two others interviewed last week, while
not happy with the President's agricultural
programs, said they plan to vote for him
"Small family farmers are the heart of the
rural economy in Nebraska," says John Hansen,
21, of Newman Grove. 'The problem of young
people leaving Nebraska or not returning to
their former country residences is because the
rural economy is suffering. President Nixon and
Earl Butz (secretary of agriculture) are the main
reasons why the rural economy is suffering."
Hansen, who operate a 300-acre farm with
his father, ,$aid. h,Qjan$, to vote for McGovern.
"McGovern has been and remains one of the
most ardent supporters of the small family farm
concept," he said.
"In the last 10 years, the average farm debt
has increased substantially yet agri-businessmen
have achieved larger profits at the expense of
the small family farmer," Hansen charged.
"Ni;on is, has and always will be, the choreboy
of the large financial interests and for
corporations rather than people."
But at Stoner's General Store in Unadilla,
Floyd lsaacs,66, said he plans to vote for Nixon.
"I bet $5 on McGovern, but I guess I'll vote
for Nixon. Before I could get some good odds
on McGovern, this guy called me on my bet,"
Isaacs said as he reclined in the store's rocking
"Nixon's done as good a job and will
continue to do as good a job as possible under
the circumstances," Isaacs added. "He's done a
good job of getting the boys back from
The long-time Unadilla farmer, however, also
criticized Nixon's agricultural policies.
"The secretary of agriculture could have
raised the parity support on grains, but they
only went ahead and raised their own wages,"
he said. "I think it's a mistake to have a big
businessman as secretary. Butz is hooked into
Regarding McGovern, Isaacs said he isn't
certain that the South Dakota senator would be
a good President.
"He's making some wild promises. I don't
think he can bring home the boys and the
POWs so quickly," Isaacs said. "One thing
about McGovern-he's a farmer and he knows
what it's like to milk cows and pitch hay. I
think it might help if a man like that were in
the White House."
A solid Republican voter since 1932, Isaacs
tugged on his grey cap and said: "I guess there
are still a few things I want to iron out in my
own mind before I go scratching the ballot."
Another Unadilla resident, Fred Riege, 65,
also said he plans to vote for Nixon.
"Nixon has done about an average job,"
Riege said. "I can't see that he's made many
changes or made much progress, but what
would be the advantage of changing? We'd just
Riege said, however, that he and the federal
government have never "seen eye to eye" on
the nation's agricultural programs.
"In the '30s we voted on whether to
continue Roosevelt's farm program. They used
two different colored ballots-one for farmers
on the program and one for farmers not on the
program," Riege said. "They didn't even listen
to the ones who voted against the program. I've
voted Republican ever since."
"Subsidies are why we see all these empty
farms," he added. "Pretty soon we won't see
many small farrVrs. They're gobbling up a lot
of the farms. It's hard for a person to even get
started in farming nowadays. We should have
discontinued the subsidy program long ago."
Riege voiced" harsh criticsm for McGovern.
"If he was truly interested in farming he would
have stayed a "farmer," he said. "He must rtave
been more of a politician. I don't think he'd be
of much benefit as President."
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Unadilla farmer Fred Riege .. . "If McGovern was truly
interested in farming, he would have stayed a farmer."
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