6 Ag Stories to Read Now: Election Day Recap

6 Ag Stories to Read Now: Election Day Recap

GMO labeling, Ag Committee shake-ups and drawing party lines: how key ballot questions and political races affecting agriculture ended up on election night.

Election Day is the perfect waiting game – you go to the polls, you do your part. Yet so much hinges on the final tallies at the end of the day: Will the party shake-up in the Senate favor small business tax policy? How about the Renewable Fuel Standard?

There's plenty on the line for farmers – the original small business owners, on Election Day. Here are some key results from races and votes agriculture was keeping an eye on. Follow the hyperlinks for stories and information relevant to each topic.

Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., talks with committee member Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., before the start of a conference committee last year. Roberts appeared to retain his Senate seat Tuesday as Republicans also take control of the U.S. Senate. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

1. Collin Peterson: In a race to retain his House seat, and his position as Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., faced off against Minnesota State Senator Torrey Westrom. Focusing his campaign largely on his farm bill and agriculture voting record, Peterson edged out Westrom late Tuesday evening.

2. Pat Roberts: The Republican former ranking member of the Senate Ag Committee stands to take the reins of the committee with a party switch-up in the Senate, but was first challenged by Independent Greg Orman. Roberts, however, took the victory.

3. Iowa Senate Race: In a closely watched battle between Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst to take over the seat of retiring Democrat Tom Harkin, Ernst prevailed. The race centered largely on agricultural issues like the Renewable Fuel Standard in the corn-laden Iowa, but also carried the potential to disrupt Democratic control of the Senate – and it did.

4. Oregon GMO vote: Oregon voters were split on GMO labeling with the Secretary of State listing a 49% yes to 50.92% no tally just after 7 a.m. CT Wednesday. The ballot question, Measure 92, had a high likelihood of passing, according to pre-Election Day polls.

5. Colorado GMO vote: Colorado's vote on GMO labeling was decidedly different, as pre-Election Day polls expected. Voters in the state appeared to reject Proposition 105 with 66% of the vote as of Wednesday morning, according to the Colorado Secretary of State.

6. Hawaii GMO vote: Voters in Maui County on Tuesday considered a measure that will outlaw growing GMO crops within county borders, a move that will affect biotech companies that research biotech crops in the area. According to the Hawaii Office of Elections, 50.2% of voters agreed with the measure.

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