Dear Editor:

On Election Day supporting Farm Bureau's Friends of Agriculture selections will help ensure a strong rural economy and vibrant agriculture.

Local farmers throughout Iowa volunteer to determine the Friend of Agriculture selection by serving on their Farm Bureau County Campaign 2012 committees. Each of the candidates is either interviewed by the Campaign Committee, or respond to a survey expressing how they stand on the issues.

The Iowa Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization. Farm Bureau develops their policies in similar fashion by sending out an opinionaire to our membership, and our members weigh in on the issues. One elected voting delegate from each of Iowa's counties attends our summer policy conference where they develop our policies. We make our designations based on various issues and not by the party; although this year more Republicans than Democrats agreed with our policies.

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