Truitt: Trump a 'Win for Rural America'

November 9, 2016 03:51 PM
Truitt: Trump a 'Win for Rural America'

“A win for rural America. Period.”

That’s what Jay Truitt, CEO of Policy Solutions had to say after a panel discussion at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Convention.

While it’s still too soon to tell what this really means for agriculture, Truitt is confident rural America will see some positive changes in its future from President-Elect Donald J. Trump. Plus, he adds, Vice President-Elect Mike Pence has a long history of understanding the nuances of farm policy, so that’s a big win for farmers.

“I think we’re going to see a tax cut, and that’s good for rural America,” he adds.

Truitt also foresees some possible reductions in environmental regulations. On the other hand, he does have some concerns about how we’ll approach trade in the future.

“We haven’t done the best job of negotiation that we possibly could,” he says. “We’ve got some room for improvement.”

For U.S. farmers and ranchers, trade is a big cornerstone of their profitability, Truitt notes. Right now, the U.S. is out-producing what the American people want or need, so there are two options: produce less, or sell more. Truitt is in favor of selling more, but he admits that option requires the right kind of structured agreement that just isn’t in place yet.

Listen to the full interview:

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Spell Check

Coon Valley, WI
11/9/2016 05:19 PM

  There are definitely pluses and negatives to this result, but cutting back environmental regulations will not be a good thing if it comes to fruition. We need to save the land for future generations and cutting environmental regulations will not do this, so as a small American farmer I am scared. We have great natural resources we can't afford to lose.

Mission, KS
11/11/2016 11:54 AM

  It remains to be seen what a Trump administration will actually do. Saying and doing are 2 different things.

Ruthy Kuttenkuler
Tipton, MO
11/10/2016 12:43 PM

  Too bad ! this leftist point of view is soo negative & pervasive among bureaucrats; some.... are not even farmers. This fear mongering attitude has caused such EPA strangulation... that has been so unproductive & might I add unprofitable for ALL businesses. We all want & have WISDOM in managing our generous resources, we all want clean air,clean water,& careful soil environmental practices. I personally do not know of ONE land owner who wishes to leave the future generational farmer a devastated inheritance. A successful businessmen President IS A POSITIVE for farming businesses ....... We all want to keep AMERICA GREAT AND BEAUTIFUL without Federal Governmental suffocation. Most farmers are good care-takers of their land.....It benefits their livelihood........RuthyK


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