Heres the thingthat a lot of peoplemisunderstandaboutfarmers and President Trump: As much asfarmers like me areworried about tradewars, weve done really well with this White House.

I like farmers, saidPresidentTrump on Monday, as he addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation in New Orleans.

We like him back.

We like the tax reforms that will make it easier for us to pass on our farms to our childrenand grandchildren. We like his support of biofuels. We like his emphasis on border security, especially if key agricultural sectorscanmaintain a legal system of temporary migrationduring this time of labor shortages.

Best of all, we like what he called the biggest cuts in regulations in the history of our country. He says that the Department of Agriculturealone hasrolled back nearly $400 million in regulatory burdens last year. And this year, he added, theyre projected to more than double those savings.

From my farm here in rural Illinois, wherewegrow corn and soybeans, let me assure you: The Trump administrations commitment toderegulationis making a positive difference in my ability to grow food and make a living.

Consider the so-called Waters of the United States rule, imposed in 2015 by President ObamasEnvironmental Protection Agency. It sought to redefine tens of millions of acres of land in a way that would have put them under federalmicromanagementincluding, it seemed at the time, many of my own fields.

This was an astonishing example of administrative overreach, but nobody in Washington seemed able to do anythingto stopit.

Then came President Trump, whoon Mondaylabeledthis bureaucratic land grabas one of the most ridiculous regulations ever imposed on anybody in ournation. He pointed to the example of ValWagner, a North Dakota farmer. She and her husband wanted to expand their farm, but the EPAs rule threatened them with tens of thousands of dollars in fines because of prairie potholes on their land

It was a total kill on farmers,Trump saidof the regulations.

These arent just words. The president his taken deliberate action. Last month, his EPA proposed a new set of regulations that make much more sense for farmers, builders, and everybody.

This is an enormous reliefand were grateful for it.

Trade disputes continue to pose challenges. Weve lost a big market in China, after having spent a generationtrying to create it. The future of our trade ties withtheEuropean Union is up in the air. Were not even sure about our connections right here in North America, with Canada and Mexico. The proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is at best a modest improvement over NAFTA, and yet were about to enter a season of high-stakescongressionalpolitics over its passage.

All of thisuncertainty has made farmers anxious.As export opportunities dry up, weve watched our incomes drop. Last fall, the administrationresponded with a Market Facilitation Program to provide $12 billion in payments to farmers who suffered the most.

My own farm benefitted from this subsidy, as we received an extra $1.65 per bushel of soybean production.I appreciatethe help, but trade ismuchbetter than aid. We shouldsellwhat we grow to customers in the United States andaround the world, not receivepaychecks from a president who feels sorry for us.

PresidentTrumpseems to know this and offered an upbeat message: Its only going to get better because were doing trade deals that are going to get you so much business, youre not evengoing to believe it, he said.

Farmers trust Trump because he haskeptso many of his promises.Ourprospectsare better because of him. Now were hopeful that hellkeephis promises about tradeas well.Toward the end of hiscomments,he made the biggest promise of all: The greatest harvest is yet to come.

A year from now, when the farmers gather again at this annual convention, well know moreboth about the presidents abilities as a dealmaker as well as our economic prospects.

Thats the thing about a harvest: After youve brought it in, you know exactly how well youve done.


*This column first appeared at The Hill.