President Donald J. Trump, for the third year in a row, will address farm and ranch families at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention. The address is scheduled for Sunday, January 19, at the Austin Convention Center in Texas.
“The American Farm Bureau is honored President Trump will return for a third consecutive year to speak with farmers and ranchers who work tirelessly to produce the quality food and fiber our country needs,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “We are grateful that he has made agricultural issues a priority and look forward to welcoming him to Austin at a time when there is much to talk about, from trade progress to important regulatory reforms.”
Trump will highlight his trade progress with the farmers and ranchers in attendance. It is predicted the United States and China will sign Phase One of a new trade deal on Wednesday morning, marking a win for the agriculture industry. In addition to the China deal, Trump has worked to get the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement approved. The USMCA awaits a Senate vote, but is to expected to pass quickly.
About the USMCA, Duvall said, “We are now one step away from unleashing the competitiveness of America’s farmers and ranchers with our two largest trading partners thanks to today’s Senate Finance Committee vote. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement will protect our valuable trade relationships with our nearest neighbors and return certainty to our markets. We urge immediate approval by the full Senate to deliver a much-needed win for agriculture.”
Other officials currently scheduled to attend are Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.).