President Trump Trumpets Accomplishments of His First Two Years in His Second State of the Union- Mentions Agriculture Only in PassingTue, 05 Feb 2019 21:59:47 CST
The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, presented his State of the Union on Tuesday evening- and for agriculture, direct mentions were few and far between.
The first mention of farmers and ranchers came in reference to work done a year ago on raising the exemption levels of the estate tax. The Second reference was made in a mention of the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill that President Trump signed into law.
The third mention of US Agriculture came as President Trump talked trade deals- and specifically the proposed US- Mexico- Canada Trade Pact. That deal has been signed by the leaders of the three countries but faces an uncertain future in the US Congress.
Agriculture was not specifically mentioned in the limited comments offered by President Trump on infrastructure needs- although the needs of rebuilding our locks and dams to move farm products into the global market is very much on the minds of the US Agricultural Community.
The fourth and final mention of anything agriculture came as the President offered his panoramic comments at the close of his speech- mentioning the green fields of Kentucky. This one was really just geography.
American Farm Bureau quickly issued a statement of praise for the State of the Union Address by President Trump. The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall:
“President Trump has outlined bold priorities in his State of the Union address, and we hope the administration and Congress can move forward in a bipartisan manner to make progress toward the goals that we all share. Farmers and ranchers across the country need reforms to our immigration system, and we echo President Trump’s call for Congress to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to preserve and build on the export gains with our North American neighbors. At the same time, we support bipartisan efforts to rebuild and modernize our nation’s infrastructure, including broadband technology in rural areas.
“Farm Bureau also appreciates President Trump’s message of optimism and unity. The bipartisan passage of the farm bill last year shows that our elected leaders can come together and achieve great things for our country.”
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