Paul is a longtime educator and author, and a part-time farmer. He and his wife Maureen live on a small farm in Pierce County where they pasture-raise purebred heritage breed hogs.
As a U.S. representative, Paul promises to make sure that Congress knows farmers and ranchers matter:
For years farm income has not met the cost of production. Yet while farmers and ranchers struggle, corporate agribusiness profits skyrocket. This is far from a coincidence. Agriculture policy is built to maximize agribusiness profits. The logical conclusion to our current agricultural policies is the absence of market competition, resulting in the reduction of input options for farmers and ranchers down to merely one—a high priced one.
It’s already happening, and it’s time to flip that script—we need agricultural policy that won’t force farmers and ranchers to constantly stretch themselves to acquire more land, to scramble for untold hours during a workday, only to stay in the same economic position. We need to provide farmers and ranchers relief from corporate competitors. If we value a countryside composed of independent producers of food, we must reverse policies that favor corporations. Our ancestors demanded it; it’s time for us to demand it as well.
Paul opposes TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline because he doesn’t believe we should allow a foreign corporation to come into our state and declare “eminent domain” to take land away from us.
“[W]e will not stand idly by while the rights of Nebraska farmers and ranchers are trampled,” he writes in his “Our Land, Our Water” plank. “[W]e will not stand for the deadly chemicals they will inevitably spill into our water.”
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