Here’s the thing that a lot of people misunderstand about farmers and President Trump: As much as farmers like me are worried about trade wars, Hem fet molt bé amb aquesta casa blanca.
"M'agrada agricultors,” said President Trump on Monday, mentre es dirigia a la American Farm Bureau Federació a Nova Orleans.
Ens agrada-lo altra vegada.
We like the tax reforms that will make it easier for us to pass on our farms to our children and grandchildren. Ens agrada el seu suport de biocombustibles. Ens agrada el seu èmfasi en la seguretat fronterera, especially if key agricultural sectors can maintain a legal system of temporary migration during this time of labor shortages.
Millor de tot, we like what he called “the biggest cuts in regulations in the history of our country.” He says that the Department of Agriculture alone has rolled back nearly $400 milions a l'any passat de reglamentació. "I aquest any,"va afegir, "ells està projectat a més del doble dels estalvis."
Des de la meva granja aquí a rural Illinois, where we grow corn and soybeans, permetin assegurar: The Trump administration’s commitment to deregulation is making a positive difference in my ability to grow food and make a living.
Consider the so-called “Waters of the United States” rule, imposades en 2015 by President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency. It sought to redefine tens of millions of acres of land in a way that would have put them under federal micromanagement—including, 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 anything to stop it.
Then came President Trump, who on Monday labeled this bureaucratic land grab as “one of the most ridiculous regulations ever imposed on anybody in our nation.” He pointed to the example of Val Wagner, un pagès de Dakota del nord. El seu marit volgut ampliar la seva granja, però la regla de l'EPA amenaçat amb desenes de milers de dòlars en multes per «sots de la Prada"en les seves terres
"Va ser una total matar a agricultors,” Trump said of the regulations.
Aquests no són només paraules. El president seu pres deliberar acció. Mes passat, his EPA proposed a new set of regulations that make much more sense for farmers, builders, and everybody.
This is an enormous relief—and we’re grateful for it.
Trade disputes continue to pose challenges. We’ve lost a big market in China, after having spent a generation trying to create it. The future of our trade ties with the European Union is up in the air. We’re not even sure about our connections right here in North America, amb el Canadà i Mèxic. La proposta de conveni Mèxic-EUA-Canadà (USMCA) és millor una modesta millora sobre TLCAN, and yet we’re about to enter a season of high-stakes congressional politics over its passage.
All of this uncertainty has made farmers anxious. As export opportunities dry up, Hem vist als nostres ingressos gota. Tardor passada, the administration responded with a Market Facilitation Program to provide $12 billion in payments to farmers who suffered the most.
Meva pròpia granja beneficiat a aquesta subvenció, com hem rebut un extra $1.65 per bushel of soybean production. I appreciate the help, but trade is much better than aid. We should sell what we grow to customers in the United States and around the world, not receive paychecks from a president who feels sorry for us.
President Trump seems to know this and offered an upbeat message: “It’s only going to get better because we’re doing trade deals that are going to get you so much business, you’re not even going to believe it,", va dir.
Farmers trust Trump because he has kept so many of his promises. Our prospects are better because of him. Now we’re hopeful that he’ll keep his promises about trade as well. Toward the end of his comments, he made the biggest promise of all: "La collita més gran encara està per venir."
Un any des d'ara, Quan els agricultors es reuneixen una altra vegada a aquesta convenció anual, sabrem més — tant sobre les habilitats del president com un negociador així com les nostres perspectives econòmiques.
Thats la cosa sobre una collita: Després t'he portat, Saps exactament què tan bé que has fet.
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