WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress, offering a blueprint of his vision for the future of the country. NFU President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response:
“President Trump’s agenda must begin to consider and prioritize the economic well-being of rural and farming communities. In tonight’s speech, the President failed to mention the words ‘rural,’ ‘farm,’ or ‘agriculture,’ yet touched on a myriad of policy issues that could have major impacts on family farmers, ranchers and rural communities.
“For instance, the President plans to revitalize the American economy and support the creation of jobs by renewing our nation’s trade agenda. While his focus on improving trade agreements is appreciated, our members are increasingly concerned about his earlier harsh rhetoric and the strain it has placed on our trading partners.
“Trump’s plan to switch away from the ‘current system of lower-skilled immigration’ neglects the unique and important work that immigrant laborers provide for our nation’s food system and rural economies.
“And Trump’s proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act must ensure affordable access to health insurance for rural Americans, especially for family farmers who can not be part of large plans.
“If the President intends to be a champion for all Americans, he must consider the real and lasting impacts his policy agenda will have on rural America and family farmers and ranchers.”
—National Farmers Union
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