Working to deliver for farmers

Connecting with rural Americans, President Donald Trump has hailed his tax overhaul as a victory for family farmers and pitched his vision to expand access to broadband internet.

According to the FCC's researcher, much of Appalachia-including large chunks of West Virginia, Alabama and South Carolina-are without access to high speed internet.

In a speech to the annual American Farm Bureau convention in Nashville, Tennessee, Mr. Trump will say he's streamlining government restrictions on biotechnology, forestry and use of waterways, "setting free our farmers to innovate, thrive and grow", according to speech excerpts released by the White House.

Trump's actions were met with praise by Incompas and USTelecom-two organizations that often offer differing opinions on issues like competition since they represent two different sides of the telecom industry.

After the speech, flanked by Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, several Tennessee lawmakers and Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, Trump signed two executive orders meant to help expand rural broadband.

President Donald Trump is expected to visit Nashville this afternoon, a trip that will mark his second stop in Music City since assuming office past year.

He says tax cuts and the doubling of the threshold for the estate tax will help farmers.

Trump's comments about the reduced estate tax - also known as the "death tax" - drew a standing ovation at the Farm Bureau's national gathering, and it was a boast Trump seemed to relish making. "And we want our national anthem respected also".

Mr. Trump, who is the first president to address the convention in 25 years, also touted the potential benefits of the tax overhaul law for farmers.

The White House provided Channel 3 with excerpts before his speech today.

Trump also described the impact of the federal tax-reform legislation he signed late a year ago, saying that most of its benefits would go to "working families, small businesses and the family farmer".

While officials acknowledged that some of Mr. Trump's ideas might not go down that well in farm country, they say the President's overall goal is simple - to expand US opportunities to sell products overseas, and make sure those trade deals are more hospitable to American farmers and businesses.

In a speech to the annual convention of the American Farmers Association in Nashville, Tennessee, he determined approved by Congress late previous year cardinal reform of the tax system as a "victory for family farmers". He will travel to Nashville, Tennessee, for the remarks.

"To level the playing field for our great American exporters. we are reviewing all of our trade agreements to make sure they are fair and reciprocal", said Trump to applause. "That's why they love you", Trump said. Soon after taking office, Trump set up a task force to study their economic problems. "Hopefully, he'll gain a better perspective of the issues of the agricultural community and the struggles we go through and how he can help us combat those struggles", said Robert Elliot.

  • Rogelio Becker