Trump Touts Rural Broadband Initiative, Farm Agenda


Farmers for Free Trade, the group behind the lapel pins, issued a statement after the president's speech: "Taking withdrawal off the table is the only way to provide American farmers and ranchers with the certainty they deserve".

The crowd watches President Donald Trump speak at the 99th annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation in Nashville, Tenn., on January 8, 2018.

"Farm country is God's country", Trump said to a standing ovation as he closed out his remarks to the farming convention crowd.

The president took action by signing two executive orders to expand access to broadband internet in rural America.

Trump spent some time in his address on the new tax law he signed shortly before Christmas, telling producers about the $5.5 trillion in tax cut that will be offset by $4 trillion in other revenue changes.

The president also will highlight the tax-cut legislation approved last month by Congress, which he says will spare most family farms and small business owners from "the punishment of the deeply unfair estate tax". "We are witnessing a new era of patriotism, prosperity and pride-and at the forefront of this exciting new chapter is the great American farmer". "I look forward to working with President Trump as we write the upcoming Farm Bill".

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She deferred the questions at first, but finally responded by saying that though she supports the president, "I'm not a Trump apologist".

Trump signed the executive order in front of almost 5,000 American Farm Bureau Federation members in Nashville.

Trump became the first president in a quarter-century to address the American Farm Bureau Federation's convention. There had been reports that Trump was wavering about supporting crop insurance in a new farm bill, a concept Roberts supports.

Trump: Thank you very much, Tennessee. "We ditched the rule", he said, to the members of the organization which led the charge to "Ditch the Rule" when it came out in 2015. "And we want our national anthem respected also", the president said.

Trump formed the task force, which includes representatives from Cabinet agencies and independent agencies like the Federal Communications Commission, in an April executive order.

According to the Federal Communications Commission, 39 percent of rural Americans, or 23 million people, lack sufficient broadband access.

The order is similar to one that President Barack Obama signed while in office, though the Trump administration claims that the order goes farther in providing support than previous efforts. "While other sectors of the American economy have largely recovered from the Great Recession, rural America has lagged in nearly every indicator", the president's new task force report indicated. The 2014 farm law made the federally subsidized program the major USA farm support at around $8 billion a year, ahead of crop subsidies and land stewardship.