National Agriculture Day, 2019
BY President Donald J Trump
via KTIC (NE) -† March 14, 2019
On National Agriculture Day, we acknowledge the immeasurable value farmers, ranchers, growers, producers, and foresters contribute to our Nation.† Americaís agriculture families and communities lead the world in producing food, feed, fuel, and fiber.† Today, we pay tribute to the men and women who expand opportunities for prosperity, economic development, and food security by cultivating the land across our country.
American agriculture strengthens our economy.† Valued at more than $141 billion, our countryís agriculture exports are critical to our Nationís job market, with every $1 billion in exports supporting approximately 8,400 American jobs.† Counting for approximately 5.5 percent of our gross domestic product, our agriculture, food, and related industries are vital to our Nationís global economic success.† Accordingly, my Administration is working to modernize and improve trade agreements to remove barriers and open foreign markets to goods grown and produced here in the United States.† Last year, I made good on my promise to renegotiate the outdated and unbalanced North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).† Once approved by the Congress, the USMCA will help farmers, especially dairy producers, have improved access to markets for their products by lifting unfair restrictions by Canada on American dairy, wheat, and wine producers.
We must continue to streamline our regulatory environment so that agricultural innovation can flourish and help our farmers, ranchers, and foresters meet the worldís growing demand for food.† My Administration, therefore, is streamlining regulatory policy for biotechnology, removing the red tape that is slowing down the approval of powerful new agriculture products.† We are also committed to training and supporting the next generation of farmers and agriculture professionals through technical assistance programs so that they have the knowhow to harness the full potential of our Nationís abundant technological and national resources.
To help ensure the continued success, stability, and prosperity of our Nationís farmers, ranchers, and producers, I signed into law the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.† This legislation bolsters farm safety-net programs, supports expanded markets for Americaís agricultural production, promotes active management of natural resources, and maintains strong rural development and research initiatives.† In addition, a key provision in the law requires the Federal Communications Commission to work with the Department of Agriculture to boost broadband deployment and adoption in rural areas.† This initiative will provide more farmers, ranchers, and rural communities access to next-generation digital technologies that enhance profitability and sustainability, greatly improving quality of life for all Americans.
The American farmer embodies the timeless virtues of our Nation:† hard work, self-reliance, and dedication to family.† On this National Agriculture Day, we express our gratitude to those who feed and clothe us, fuel our economy, and inspire us with their determination and perseverance...