American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall, along with State Farm Bureau Presidents from across the country delivered a succinct message to the Pres. Donald Trump this week: We are watching.
The Farm Bureau contingent expressed its continuing concerns over trade and the financial difficulties tariffs and related barriers are causing farmers and ranchers with Texas President Russell Boening, Illinois President Richard Guebert and American Farm Bureau Federation Vice President Scott VanderWal – who is also President of the South Dakota Farm Bureau – telling the president and vice president that they needed open markets soon.
Boening, Guebert and VanderWal also met with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue as well as Ambassador Gregg Doud, chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. The meeting lasted nearly an hour.
“Farmers and ranchers are counting on the Administration to fight for strong trade deals that expand our markets—now more than ever as we face the worst farm economy in 12 years,” AFBF President Zippy Duvall said. “This White House has been the most ag-focused in recent memory, and we are grateful to have a seat at the table with our nation’s leaders to discuss the importance of agriculture to our rural economies and the importance of trade to farmers and ranchers across the country.”