National Farmers Union (NFU) extended a congratulatory letter to President-elect Donald J. Trump, outlining opportunities to work together with the new administration on several common ground farm policy issues.
“We appreciate the attention that Mr. Trump paid to issues that affect family farmers and rural communities throughout his campaign, and we look forward to working with the new administration and finding issues of mutual agreement for the betterment of farmers, ranchers, rural communities and the broader American public,” said NFU President Roger Johnson.
Rejecting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, reducing the U.S. trade deficit, supporting the Renewable Fuel Standard, putting an end to relentless corporate mergers, and passing strong farm policies in the next Farm Bill were among the list – all issues that the Mr. Trump voiced support for during his campaign.
The Farm Bill will be a major undertaking for the next administration and the new Congress, Johnson explained. “Given the difficult farm economy we hope to work closely with the administration to quickly provide relief for struggling farmers and ranchers.”
Johnson also emphasized the importance of compromise, respect and open communication when the diverse sectors of the agricultural industry don’t agree.
“NFU believes that good opportunities in agriculture are the foundation of strong farm and ranch families, and strong farm and ranch families are the basis for thriving rural communities. We may not agree on every issue, but we can agree on the need for meaningful solutions for farm families and rural America,” Johnson concluded.
The letter can be read here.