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David Sparks Ph.d Trump at AFBF
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Line on Agriculture
Date: January 11, 2018

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President Donald Trump addressed the 99th American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention, speaking on tax cuts and regulatory reform, along with a brief mention of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the farm bill, telling Farm Bureau members he supports passage of an on-time farm bill that includes crop insurance.

Trump used the appearance to sign two presidential orders expanding access to broadband internet in rural America.

But, as Farm Bureau members spent part of the convention sporting “I Support NAFTA” button-pins, Trump made a small mention of NAFTA, saying his administration is working to renegotiate NAFTA to make the agreement better for agriculture.


Trump touted the just-passed tax reform and the relief he says it will bring to farmers and ranchers. He pointed to the estate tax changes, doubling the exemption, that he says will help keep farms in the family.

In flaunting his work on reducing federal regulations, President Trump told Farm Bureau members that the administration is working to end the regulatory “assault” on farmers’ way of life. Trump says his administration is working to end regulations on farmers because they are the future of our nation.

Trump also commented on his work to bring a better transportation system to rural America, along with comments on work fighting the opioid epidemic. Commenting on the “building the wall,” Trump met a mixed crowd reaction.


Trump called farmers the basis of society, and true friends of liberty, concluding his speech saying “farm country is god’s country.”  

George H.W. Bush was the last president to address the AFBF Annual Convention in 1992 in Kansas City, and before that, in 1990 in Orlando.

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