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·         Trump Calls for More Changes on Trade

President Presses Congress to Pass New Reciprocal Trade Legislation


·         Trump renews call for USMCA approval

·         President Trump Trumpets Accomplishments of His First Two Years in His Second State of the Union- Mentions Agriculture Only in Passing

·         Farm groups want follow through from Trump



Trump Calls for More Changes on Trade

President Presses Congress to Pass New Reciprocal Trade Legislation


By Todd Neeley, DTN/Progressive Farmer



OMAHA (DTN) -- President Donald Trump called for the continued rebuilding of American trade policy in his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, pointing to the ongoing trade negotiations with China as something that's overdue.


Trump touted the elimination of the "death tax" but made no mention of biofuels at a time when farmers and ethanol producers continue to struggle economically.


The president congratulated Congress for passing "unprecedented legislation" to confront the opioid crisis, as well as a "sweeping" farm bill. In addition, Trump called on Congress to work with him on securing the southern border.


However, Trump focused heavily on trade to secure economic prosperity, calling it a priority to reverse "decades of calamitous" trade policies.


"We are now making it clear to China that after years of targeting our industries and stealing our intellectual property, the theft of American jobs and wealth has come to an end," he said. "Therefore, we recently imposed tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods -- and now our Treasury is receiving billions of dollars.


"But I don't blame China for taking advantage of us -- I blame our leaders and representatives for allowing this travesty to happen. I have great respect for President Xi (Jinping), and we are now working on a new trade deal with China. But it must include real, structural change to end unfair trade practices, reduce our chronic trade deficit and protect American jobs."


The Trump administration faces a March 1 deadline to reach a trade agreement with China before automatic increases in tariffs on Chinese goods take effect.


In addition, the Trump administration completed a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 2018. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement now awaits Congressional approval.


Trump continued to pound on NAFTA in his speech.


"Another historic trade blunder was the catastrophe known as NAFTA," he said. "I have met the men and women of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, New Hampshire and many other states whose dreams were shattered by NAFTA. For years, politicians promised them they would negotiate for a better deal. But no one ever tried -- until now.


"Our new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement -- or USMCA -- will replace NAFTA and deliver for American workers, bringing back our manufacturing jobs, expanding American agriculture, protecting intellectual property, and ensuring that more cars are proudly stamped with the four beautiful words: 'made in the USA.'"









Trump renews call for USMCA approval


By Larry Lee, Brownfield 

February 5, 2019


President Donald Trump used the State of the Union Address to renew his call for passing the USMCA trade deal. He says, “I hope you can pass the USMCA into law so that we can bring back our manufacturing jobs in even greater numbers, expand American agriculture, protect intellectual property, and ensure that more cars are proudly stamped with four beautiful words: made in the USA.”


Trump also touched on negotiations with the Chinese and confirmed U.S. officials will be in China for talks later this month.  He also asked Congress to pass an additional tariff bill that would give him the ability to match other nation’s tariffs. “If another country places an unfair tariff on an American product, we can charge them the exact same tariff on the exact same product that they sell to us.” A bill proposed by Wisconsin Republican Sean Duffy has been introduced that would allow this, but other legislation in the House has been introduced that would take away Presidential authority to impose many tariffs.


Much of the President’s speech was centered on...


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President Trump Trumpets Accomplishments of His First Two Years in His Second State of the Union- Mentions Agriculture Only in Passing


Oklahoma Farm Report 

05 Feb 2019


The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, presented his State of the Union on Tuesday evening- and for agriculture, direct mentions were few and far between.


The first mention of farmers and ranchers came in reference to work done a year ago on raising the exemption levels of the estate tax. The Second reference was made in a mention of the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill that President Trump signed into law.


The third mention of US Agriculture came as President Trump talked trade deals- and specifically the proposed US- Mexico- Canada Trade Pact. That deal has been signed by the leaders of the three countries but faces an uncertain future in the US Congress.


Agriculture was not specifically mentioned in the limited comments offered by President Trump on infrastructure needs- although the needs of rebuilding our locks and dams to move farm products into the global market is very much on the minds of the US Agricultural Community.


The fourth and final mention of anything agriculture came as the President offered his panoramic comments at the close of his speech- mentioning the green fields of Kentucky. This one was really just geography...


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Farm groups want follow through from Trump


By Nicole Heslip, Brownfield 

February 6, 2019


Farm groups say President Trump’s State of the Union is a reminder there’s more work to be done in Congress.


The American Farm Bureau Federation is applauding the priories outlined in the President’s speech including a call for the passage of the USMCA.  Executive Vice President Dale Moore tells Brownfield it was reassuring to hear the President mention agriculture.


“It may seem small to some folks but hearing him mention agriculture, farmers and the farm bill—all of that tells the men and women that I work for that the President is paying attention.”      


Moore says he’s optimistic the lasting impact of the government shutdown will encourage Congress and the administration to work together before the upcoming budget deadline.  Moore says moving the farm bill forward, reforming the nation’s immigration system and updating infrastructure will remain priorities in the year ahead.


Rob Larew with the National Farmers Union says the State of the Union failed to recognize the harsh realities on family farms and ranches that the farm economy has only trended lower the last two years.


“We really think the President missed an opportunity...


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