NAWG: Trump needed to focus on ag in speech

Chandler Goule, CEO of National Association of Wheat Growers.

President Donald Trump spoke about many important issues in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, but he should have focused more on agriculture, the CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers says.

NAWG CEO Chandler Goule said that, similar to a strong infrastructure plan, a healthy agriculture sector is 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 reliable food supply for all Americans,” Goule said in a press release.

Trump called for Congress to end sequestration of defense funding. Sequestration has also had a significant effect on domestic programs, including those in the farm bill, negatively impacting farmers, Goule said.

“Removal of sequestration shouldn’t be limited to defense programs,” Goule said.

As the U.S. considers its role on the world stage, Goule wants to preserve trade deals to keep American wheat farmers in a strong position, including remaining in the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico and moving ahead with bilateral 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,” Goule stated. “NAWG looks forward to continuing to work with the administration on ways to improve the livelihood of the American wheat farmer.”

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