Except for ethanol subsidies, the national news media didn\u2019t focus on farm issues in the run-up to the Iowa caucus on February 1. The American Farm Bureau Federation has created a website, http:\/\/election16.fb.org, for anyone who wants to follow what presidential candidates are saying to attract the farm vote.\r\nBut Farm Bureau\u2019s top priority policies frequently cross over into areas of consumer interest as well.\r\n\u201cWe touch on issues that are important to farmers and ranchers, but those issues go way beyond the farm gate,\u201d said Cody Lyon, AFBF director of advocacy and political affairs. \u201cBiotechnology, consumer choice, clean water, energy, food safety, trade\u2014consumers\u2026may see a lot of small indirect impacts on their lives.\u201d\r\nWhile candidates have not spent a lot of time talking about farm policy so far, Lyon said he expects that to change as the field narrows.\r\n\u201cThe candidates spent a lot of time in Iowa, so they spent a lot of time talking about issues important to Iowa agriculture, like ethanol. Now that the (Iowa) caucus is over I expect to see a lot more discussion on regulatory reform, on biotechnology and trade issues,\u201d he said.\r\n\u201cWe really expect interest in this site to pick up, especially as the primaries start coming fast and furious. We will keep every viewer updated on what\u2019s happening and how it could impact their everyday lives\u201d whether they farm for a living or have an interest in food issues.