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Audio: President Trump’s American Farm Bureau address and reaction after

President Donald Trump addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation on Monday, making it the second year in a row he has done so.

The President’s speech comes at a politically tumultuous time with the ongoing border wall dispute, which he was sure to touch on, carries on, leaving the government shut down. Included in the shutdown is the closure of Farm Service Agency county offices, causing a disruption to farmers hoping to sign up for programs made available in the recently signed 2018 Farm Bill.

Listen to the full speech from President Donald Trump below. Audio courtesy of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting and the American Farm Bureau.

Ohio Farm Bureau President Frank Burkett III was in attendance and spoke with Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood immediately afterward about what the President had to say and reaction from the audience.

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With some major exceptions, new deal has old NAFTA feel

By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net

Right before a deadline set by President Trump, the U.S. and Canada came to an agreement on the framework for an updated North American Free Trade Agreement, called the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). It’s a shot in the arm for American agriculture, which has been struggling as trade disputes with U.S. trading partners dragged on.

“It’s the first step in really getting us from this summer of disruption in global trade and getting us back to a fall of business resumption and that will bring stability in North American markets,” said Daniel Ujczo, International Trade and Customs Lawyer with Dickinson-Wright in Columbus. “I think over the next 60 days we will start to see steel and aluminum tariffs lifted which will end the retaliation in Mexico. That will be good news for the agriculture community, who will not have to worry so much about losing those customers not only in Mexico, but throughout the Americas.”

While it’s good news, he says there’s still significant work to do, including getting the agreement through Congress.

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Mr. President, do not take farm vote for granted

I know that many people involved in agriculture, myself included, were thrilled to see President Donald Trump take time out of his very busy schedule to visit the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Nashville in January.

In that speech, we found out that the President is hearing about and working on so many issues that will affect farm country. From a new farm bill, to NAFTA, immigration reform, infrastructure, or countless regulations that are currently hindering progress in our industry, Mr. Trump mentioned the many woes facing agriculture as he spoke directly to thousands of farmers and ranchers from that stage in Music City.

The elephant in the room when it comes to rural America and politics at the highest levels of government is whether President Trump will truly take into account why he holds the title of Commander-In-Chief. If not for farm country, the oval office décor would have a completely different vibe.

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