Farm Bureau Leaders Meet with Trump, Pence

Podcast / Newsline September 6, 2018

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State Farm Bureau leaders met with President Trump and Vice President Pence this week, expressing trade concerns and finding reassurances from the administration. Micheal Clements has more.

Clements: Three state Farm Bureau presidents met with the administration on Wednesday. President Trump’s appearance was not scheduled, but he took time to express his support for agriculture, a move AFBF Vice President and South Dakota Farm Bureau President Scott VanderWal says shows a commitment to farmers and ranchers.

VanderWal: They like to say that they really value agriculture and they know how important it is to our economy and our society. And I think by having this meeting and inviting us all there they are showing that. And they are truly interested in what we think in agriculture and truly interested in doing the right things.

Clements: The Farm Bureau leaders also met with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Richard Guebert, Illinois Farm Bureau president, says the meeting was an opportunity to meet with the administration to discuss issues of importance to agriculture.

Guebert: Talk about what we’re hearing out in the countryside, thank them for the trade mitigation aid packages. We pointed out a couple areas where there’s some kinks that need to be worked out. But really encourage the administration to keep up the good work, get the trade agreements done.

Clements: Following the meeting, Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening says he feels more positive about getting trade issues resolved.

Boening: We know that there’s still work to be done. But, the Mexico deal [is] pretty much done, we got assurances that they believe Canada will be in line right along with Mexico. They even mentioned European Union, Japan and possibly even China in the not too distant future. So, I feel more positive.

Clements: Micheal Clements, Washington.

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