Ag Groups Beg Trump for Infrastructure Deal

February 27, 2017 11:42 AM

As a candidate, Donald Trump made numerous campaign promises. Now that he’s president, Trump has delivered on several of those promises – but his bold campaign promises around infrastructure have faded into the background.

Trump had plans to enact a bill titled the American Energy and Infrastructure Act, which would pour in $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over the next 10 years. A recent Gallup poll showed 75% of Americans support more federal spending on the nation’s roads and waterways, and this bill was largely seen as low-hanging fruit to garner goodwill early into Trump’s administration.

With the focus since turned elsewhere, more than 200 agriculture groups penned a letter to President Trump asking that infrastructure be given greater priority moving forward.

“Our nation’s ability to produce food and fiber and transport it efficiently across the globe is a critical factor in U.S. competitiveness internationally,” the letter reads. “Infrastructure that supports rural communities and links them to global markets has helped make the U.S. the unquestioned leader in agricultural production. Our deteriorating infrastructure threatens that leadership position.”

The agriculture groups call the scope of investment required “staggering.”

For example, one quarter of our road system’s bridges require significant repair, or cannot efficiently handle today’s traffic and many of the 240 locks and dams along the inland waterways are in need of modernization,” the letter states. “In addition, though, critical needs exist in providing clean water for rural families, expanding broadband to connect rural communities to the outside world, and enhancing the ability to supply affordable, reliable and secure power for the rural economy.”

The letter was signed by a broad range of commodity groups representing grain, specialty crop and livestock producers. Review the entire letter here.

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Spell Check

Scottsboro, AL
2/28/2017 10:06 AM

  Almost all, if not all, of these organizations, can only help by trying to convince members. Almost all, if not all, of these organizations have been adamant that there memberships should not have to pay for anything. This letter shows no commitment. No one even suggests that they believe their members should or would help pay. In this, as in health care and security, we must all be willing to pay more than our share because some of us will have to. Such is the nature of shared resources. It is selfish for these groups to to ask for something without offering to pay their share. This is exactly how we got where we are today.

Madison, WI
2/28/2017 07:19 PM

  He likely will when he sees less spending on other Federal programs. I am impressed with the progress made to date. Go Trump

Lakeville, IN
2/27/2017 08:57 PM

  Just read another article, where the boys from Cargill, ADM, Dreyfess and Bungee are spending 400 + billions of dollars, building roads, rail roads, barge facilities and ports in the taxpayers are supposed to furnish the funds for infrastructure and LOWER their Corporate tax rates...I think they need import fees applied to them too...maybe we'll see just how burdensom our supplies really are...


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