Saturday, 20 January, 2018

Trump Signs Executive Order Expanding Broadband to Rural America

U.S. President Donald Trump U.S. President Donald Trump
Sammy Stanley | 14 January, 2018, 13:06

The president said his administration was removing "harmful restrictions" on forest practices, "so you can log more timber, plant more trees and export more renewable resources to other countries".

Still, the President told attendees of his speech that it would quickly result in "great, great broadband" for rural Americans. The 2014 farm law made the federally subsidized program the major US farm support at around $8 billion a year, ahead of crop subsidies and land stewardship. "It's not the easiest negotiation but we're going to make it fair for you people again".

The president's attendance at the event in itself was enough to draw praise.

George H.W. Bush was the last president to address the AFBF Annual Convention in 1992.

Trump on Monday is set to become the first president in a quarter century to address the annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

The order is similar to one that President Barack Obama signed while in office, though the Trump administration claims that the order goes farther in providing support than previous efforts.

"I was pleased he acknowledged the importance of exports and that he is working to renegotiate a better NAFTA. And we can not let anything happen to that", Trump said.

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He added, "We know that our nation was founded by farmers; our independence was won by farmers; our continent was tamed by farmers; our armies have been fed by farmers and made of farmers and throughout our history farmers have always, always, always led the way".

Trump explained how the tax bill allows companies to write off the full cost of new equipment, which means that more money stays on the farm.

Trump said people would now be "spared" from the estate tax, which he called the "death tax", drawing applause from the crowd at the American Farm Bureau Federation's convention. Trump further said he would tackle the opioid epidemic, which has been having a huge impact on rural communities.

Trump mentioned trade, which is something farmers have expressed concern about, especially the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

"I look forward to working with Congress to pass the farm bill on time so that it delivers for all of you, and I support a bill that includes crop insurance", he said.

"Today, in a few minutes", Trump said, according to a transcript of his speech, "I will take the first step to expand access to broadband Internet in rural America - so you can compete on a level playing field, which you were not able to do".

He plans to thank the president for his agriculture appointments and tax reform that have been beneficial to farmers, then launch into farmers' anxieties over trade and immigration. The task force's recommended several new measures seeking to enhance broadband access, improving quality of life, generate a reliable workforce, advance technological innovations and economic development. As a farmer and livestock producer myself, I care deeply about this issue and that is why I was the first candidate in this race to release a detailed policy plan focused on Rural Tennessee. "It's a very good system", says Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay.

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