Trump Puts Rural America in the Spotlight

U.S. President Donald Trump

Donald Trump often promised to "rebuild rural America" when he campaigned across the country during his presidential run.

Speaking during this afternoon's 99th annual American Farm Bureau Federation convention in Nashville, Tennessee, Trump told attendees expanding broadband is a key promise to help farming communities find the overcome rural economic barriers. "We're fighting for our farmers, and we're fighting for our country and for our great American flag".

Trump touted the freshly signed tax bill as helping small businesses and farmers, mentioning the ability to deduct 20 percent of their business income. They're hopeful Trump's actions will help farmers and ranchers.

The president also assured farmers that he's working on a "better deal" on NAFTA, which, he told them was under negotiation "as we speak".

California Farm Bureau Federation President Jamie Johansson, who heard the speech, said he found encouragement in President Trump's pledge to continue reducing burdensome regulations.

But the speech, the first by a sitting president to the convention of one of America's biggest agriculture industry groups in more than 25 years, touched only briefly on some of the major issues facing farmers today, such as trade, deregulation and labor issues. He also said the nation's farmers should expect a timely farm bill passage that includes crop insurance support.

Trump said he looked forward to working with Congress to pass a farm bill on time.

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"To level the playing field for our great American exporters-our farmers and ranchers, as well as our manufacturers-we are reviewing all of our trade agreements to make sure they are fair and reciprocal-reciprocal, so important", Trump said. The 2014 farm law made the federally subsidized program the major US farm support at around $8 billion a year, ahead of crop subsidies and land stewardship. "You are so lucky that I gave you that privilege", he added.

Monday will be Trump's second visit to Nashville since he took office previous year.

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"As we spread fertilizers, because it's all done by coding and we also have yield reports that are coming through on our iPads from our monitors, and everything is pretty much from a technical aspect gathering information and helping to make it easier for us to produce more crops with less input".

According to the White House, one order instructed the Department of the Interior to dedicate assets toward rural broadband installation.

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