Trump Maintains Strong Support From Agriculture

February 1, 2018 05:53 PM
President Donald Trump maintains broad support across farm country.

Support for President Donald Trump remains quite strong, according to the latest Farm Journal Pulse Survey. Mr. Trump’s approval rating among farmers is at 77% according to the poll. 


The survey of 912 farmers and ranchers asked, “When it comes to issues impacting agriculture, do you approve of the job President Donald Trump is doing?” Only 23% said they disapprove.


That support comes amid questions of how the Trump Administration actions will impact policy important to American agriculture. The president offered more tough talk on trade in his State of the Union address this past Tuesday saying, “The era of economic surrender is totally over. From now on, we expect trading relationships to be fair and very importantly, reciprocal. We will work to fix bad trade deals and negotiate new ones, and they'll be good ones. But they'll be fair, and we will protect American workers and American intellectual property through strong enforcement of our trade rules.”


The president has repeatedly threatened to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), drawing concern from farm groups.


The State of the Union speech also included tough language on immigration, calling for a tightened border and restrictions on visas, while also offering a path to citizenship for so-called “dreamers” who were brought to the U.S. as minors. Trump’s plan, however, does not address the immigrant labor shortages faced by farmers and ranchers.


The administration, however, has won kudos across farm country for action on regulatory relief. Just this week EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, signed an order to delay implementation of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule for two years. The rule, under the Clean Water Act, has been opposed by farm groups because of the regulatory uncertainty it created for farming practices. The EPA has also filed to withdraw the Obama administration’s version of the rule.

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Spell Check

New York, NY
2/5/2018 10:57 AM

  The poll is a little skewed. I take it that it only polls readers of the Farm Journal, and I see it didn't ask for overall support of Trump -- it limited itself to "issues that affect agriculture". While agriculture is certainly a big interest of farmers, it may not be their ONLY interest. Mostly it seems they like that Trump wants to rein in/destroy the EPA. The mission of governmental agencies is preventive -- so it's the equivalent of telling banks they don't need their compliance departments anymore. It's great for banks in the short run. In the long run, it's bad for the country.

2/3/2018 08:02 AM

  Be aware the great trade deals Trump has said he will create are not happening. We are looking at red ink from here on out until a big problem with weather or something else turns prices up on grain. We will feed some more grain but will not export everything we feed and we can only eat so much. Remember that Trump also promised repeal and replace health insurance. Pence said it will be ready to pass on day one. What they came close to passing was total repeal with nothing to replace it. During his campaign Trump said he was certain he could get tough with China and keep them from raping us because all they want is our grain. If we build the border wall we will mostly be paying Mexico to build it as it will require their labor and material. This all looks bad to me.

dowling, MI
2/2/2018 09:24 PM

  trumpy better educate his Sonny P. about "slighting" a large group of 800 plus farmers at the 2018 Great Lakes Crop Summit in Michigan on March 1st. Sonny boy thought it better to meet 100 or so in Grand Rapids and "talk turkey" and seeing "apples being mushed" before running off to meet his buddy "Nerd Snyder". Helping honor this years 3 Master Farmers must be below Sonny boy. Oh, it's the govt. and maybe his USDA computers had no idea of an activity that had been on the books for over a year. Maybe Sonny boy doesn't think Trumpy boy needs the corn and soybean farmer's votes. Oh, maybe it's because Sonny boy is from a Cotton state.


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