This big-business focus is acutely apparent in Daugaard's plans for agriculture. Note first off that he pairs agriculture with biotechnology. To Daugaard and the GOP, ag/biotech is a big scientific machine, all inputs and outputs, expansion über alles.
Daugaard stumbles a bit in his opening plank on convening an annual ag forum: he mentions that one of our state values is cooperation—hey, that's socialism!
But then he gets back to business, talking about the following needs:
- more value-added agriculture (i.e., more beef and turkey plants making profit on poverty-wage immigrant labor)
- more international trade and exports (so we can buy back the food we eat from domestic corporations)
- more business development in biotechnology (so more of our university presidents can work for Monsanto and other Big Ag interests)
Daugaard gives lip service to the South Dakota value of "self-reliance," but Daugaard's ag plan makes clear Republicans still think like Nixon ag secretary Earl Butz: Agriculture is big business. Get big, get corporate, or get out.