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Trump Promotes Rural Development Initiative in Speech to Farm Bureau Members

from American Farm Bureau

Posted 1/17/2018

President Donald Trump today unveiled a major initiative designed to strengthen a rural economy that has lagged urban areas in recovery from the Great Recession of 2007-2008. Trump signed two executive orders that fund and streamline the expansion of rural broadband access after an address to 7,400 farmers and ranchers gathered at American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2018 Annual Convention.

In addition to economic development, Trump touched on issues of particular importance to agriculturists such as regulations, labor and trade. He praised farmers for their enduring values. “We are witnessing a new era of patriotism, prosperity and pride—and at the forefront of this exciting new chapter is the great American farmer.” Farmers, Trump said, “embody the values of hard work, grit, self-reliance and sheer determination.”  READ MORE >>>

Farm Bureau supports water rights lawsuit

Feb. 15, 2017

The first month of session 2017 is behind us, we are closing in on the first major cutoff (Feb. 17th) when any bill left in a policy committee will be considered dead for this legislative session. As is typical, a flood of bills (more than 1,700) have been introduced to date. The majority of these bills will not make it through the house of origin. Among these bills are helpful and damaging bills.

Water rights are a high-priority issue to Agriculture.  The North Olympics Counties Farm Bureau (NOCFB) has been supportive of the lawsuit involving instream flows and water rights in Clallam County.  (See Olympic Resource Protection Council.) Continue reading