From the National Association of Wheat Growers
Last night, President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union Address as president. National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) CEO Chandler Goule provided the following statement in response:
“While the president addressed many issues of importance to the American people, it was unfortunate that he did not focus more of his remarks on agriculture.
“Much like a strong infrastructure plan, agriculture is also essential for helping rural America move forward. The farm bill provides all farmers with access to programs that allow them to produce abundant and quality crops while using fewer inputs, thus facilitating not only rural economic growth but also a safe and affordable food supply for all Americans.
“The president also called on Congress to end sequestration on defense. Sequestration has had significant effects on domestic programs, including farm bill programs, negatively impacting farmers. Removal of sequestration shouldn’t be limited to defense programs.
“As we consider our place in the world stage, let’s make sure that we preserve smart trade deals that keep American wheat producers in a strong position. This includes remaining in NAFTA and moving ahead with bi-lateral trade agreements.
“We appreciate the president continuing to talk about the need to enforce our trade deals and commend the administration’s work to ensure countries like China are living up to its commitments on wheat trade.
“NAWG looks forward to continuing to work with the administration on ways to improve the livelihood of the American wheat farmer.”