The following questions were asked of Republican Primary candidates for the U.S. House for District 2. Responses were only received for incumbent U.S. Rep. Celeste Maloy, but not for Colby Jenkins. 

The Utah Farm Bureau reached out to candidates for the 2024 Republican Party Primaries for U.S. House District 2. There were no democratic primaries in this race. Utah Farm Bureau does not endorse candidates, and simply provides these answers to questions to help voters when making election decisions. In some instances, campaigns did not respond to the questionnaire. Utah Farm Bureau will attempt to provide updated questionnaires once candidates are decided for the general election.

U.S. Rep.Celeste Maloy


TAX POLICY

Agriculture operates in a world of uncertainty. From unpredictable national situations to commodity and product market instabilities to fluctuating input prices, from natural disasters and damaging weather events to insect or disease outbreaks, running a farm or ranch business is challenging under the best of circumstances. Farmers and ranchers need a tax code that provides certainty and recognizes their unique financial challenges.

In Congress, what provisions would you support to help farmers and ranchers remain on the land and producing food, fuel and fiber?

Maloy: I champion tax policies that recognize the financial challenges of our farmers and ranchers. This includes supporting provisions that provide tax relief and incentives for sustainable practices, allowing our agricultural sector to thrive even in the face of uncertainty. I am committed to ensuring that our farmers and ranchers, the backbone of our economy, can continue to produce food, fuel, and fiber for our nation.


REGULATORY REFORM

All Americans have an interest in a regulatory process that is transparent and fact-based, respects the will of Congress, and observes the separation of powers in the Constitution. Federal regulations have a direct impact on farmers and ranchers, and over the years, the breadth and extent of that regulatory landscape have changed.

What actions would you take to ensure that the federal government’s regulatory burden on businesses such as farming and ranching is consistent with congressional intent? Would you support regulatory reform to ensure that federal regulations meet a cost/benefit test and make the process of writing new regulations more transparent, and if so, how?

Maloy: I'm committed to taking actions that ensure federal regulations do not unnecessarily burden our farmers and ranchers. I support regulatory reform that includes a cost/benefit analysis and a transparent process for drafting new regulations. I believe we can build a system that both respects the rule of law and acknowledges the unique challenges of the agricultural sector.


ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT

Privately owned land provides habitat for the majority of our nation’s endangered and threatened species. As a result, landowners often face harsh regulatory restrictions on their ability to use the land or, worse, lawsuits or enforcement actions. Meanwhile, few species have actually been recovered under the law.

Is it time to think about incentive-based programs that create a positive role for landowners in species recovery? What recommendations do you have for reforming the Endangered Species Act, and what role would you assign America’s landowners?

Maloy: It is indeed time to consider incentive-based programs for species recovery. I propose reforms to the Endangered Species Act that encourage landowners to participate actively in conservation efforts. As America's landowners, our stewardship can make a significant impact on protecting and restoring habitats, and I believe that they should be recognized and rewarded for their contributions to species recovery.

The Endangered Species Act was meant to protect, not to be used as a weapon against farmers and ranchers. I recommend reforms to the act that encourage landowners' active role in conservation, acknowledging the vital part farmers and ranchers play. By fostering a more cooperative rather than restrictive approach, we can effectively protect and restore habitats. Rewarding landowners for their contribution to species recovery can motivate proactive rather than reactive conservation actions.


AGRICULTURAL LABOR

Farmers and ranchers need a reliable, skilled workforce. Farm work is challenging, often seasonal and transitory, and with fewer and fewer Americans growing up on the farm, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find American workers attracted to these kinds of jobs. Farm labor can’t all be replaced by machines, either.

What role can Congress play in addressing the critical labor shortages that many farmers and ranchers face each year? How optimistic are you on finding workable (and passable) solutions to the labor crisis?

Maloy: As a Congresswoman, I believe Congress can play an instrumental role in addressing labor shortages by reforming immigration policies to provide a steady, legal labor force for our agricultural sector. I'm optimistic about finding solutions, such as temporary worker programs, that both respect our immigration laws and meet the needs of our farmers and ranchers. I'm committed to working across the aisle to develop and pass such solutions.


PUBLIC LANDS

The federal government often changes policies regarding the management of public lands that impact agriculture and the multiple-use principle of public lands. More than 2/3 of Utah is public land in one form or another.

What will you do in your office to ensure that public lands can be used for the multiple uses they are designed for, including agriculture?

Maloy: Utahns should have more control over the resources they depend on to make a living. Federal bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. don’t understand how to manage our lands and resources better than we do. I will fight to make sure Utahns have more control over the land and resources they depend on to make a living because I know no one cares more about protecting and preserving our lands and natural resources than the farmers and ranchers who live and work on them.


TRADE

After decades of ag exports being a mainstay in our national balance of trade, the United States has been a net importer in agricultural trade since 2021.

  1. Does this raise national security issues?
  2. What can be done in your role to help this?

Maloy: We talk a great deal about energy independence but agricultural independence is just as vital to American prosperity. The shift to the U.S. being a net importer in agricultural trade raises national security concerns. In my role, I will advocate for policies that support our domestic agricultural industry and promote fair trade agreements that benefit our farmers. It's crucial that we incentivize innovation, sustainable practices, and the development of new markets for our agricultural products.


GENERAL

Outside of agriculture, what are some of your main issues that you hope to address if elected?

Maloy: Inflation is the top issue for my constituents; we simply cannot afford another four years of Joe Biden’s spending spree. Utahns need financial stability. Wage earners should be able to support a family. I will work to get inflation under control by reining in our out-of-control federal spending and regulations that are driving up our cost of living. I will fight for balanced budgets to stop the out-of-control reckless spending in Washington.

In addition, there’s no denying our southern border is in crisis with nearly 3 million illegal border crossings and 66 aliens on the terror watch list caught at the border in 2022 alone. I will fight to secure our border, finish the wall, fully fund our border patrol, and keep dangerous drugs like fentanyl out of our communities.