Trump Puts Rural America in the Spotlight

Henrietta Brewer
January 13, 2018

Then, flanked by Tennessee lawmakers and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Mr. Trump signed two executive orders created to increase the reach of broadband into rural areas and to support broadband tower facilities in rural America.

President Donald Trump used a Monday speech at the American Farm Bureau in Nashville to take a tax cut victory lap and sign two measures aimed at providing better rural broadband internet access.

"We need to get rural America more connected", a White House official told reporters before Trump's speech.

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The $1.5 trillion package that Trump signed into law last month provides generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans, and more modest reductions for middle- and low-income individuals and families.

Trump made his mark on the Farm Bureau convention this year, just as the presidential visit in 1992 did for Culp and his wife.

"All American businesses, including American Farmers, will be able to deduct 100% of the cost of new equipment in the year you make the investment", he continued.

"We are pleased that the president will continue to address other issues that concern farmers, including the farm bill, the rollback of WOTUS, extending broadband access to rural areas and securing strong trade agreements for our nation's farmers", Kron said.

"Throughout our history farmers have always, always, always lead the way", the president told the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual convention Monday, in Nashville.

"Our president, as you know, is very concerned about our trade deficit", Perdue commented in December at a National Press Club event in Washington, "and I'm prone to remind him whenever I'm in his presence that agriculture contributes to a trade surplus, and he needs to recognize that".

Noting the presence in the audience of U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, Trump said he looks forward to working with Congress to pass updated federal farm legislation on time, "so that it delivers for all of you", and said he supported a bill that retained crop insurance provisions.

This was Trump's second trip to Nashville since taking office.

Trump acknowledged controversy over the North American Free Trade Agreement and other trade agreements that account for roughly a quarter of US agriculture revenues. The other calls on the Department of the Interior to install broadband towers on property it manages, a potentially vast portfolio of national parks, wildlife refuges and Indian territories. "Today, this task force is releasing its final report and I am taking action right at that lovely table". "We love our flag and we love our anthem and we want to keep it that way", he said. "If more business competition is the goal, then it makes sense that competition policy that helps new broadband providers is where we start".

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