President Donald J. Trump unveiled his plan to rebuild rural America when addressing over 4,000 farmers at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Annual Convention in Nashville Jan. 9.
More than 100 Alabama farmers heard the president speak about the inheritance tax, repealing the Waters of the U.S. rule, rural infrastructure and the farm bill.
“We know that farmers are our future,” Trump said. “We are putting an end to the regulatory assault on your way of life.”
Trump signed two executive orders at the event to expand rural broadband access. The orders call for broader, faster and better internet access in rural areas.
At the convention Jan. 5-10, the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 19 delegates considered policy changes and elected leaders. A $1 AFBF dues increase passed.
Federation President Jimmy Parnell was re-elected to the AFBF board of directors. Georgia’s Zippy Duvall was re-elected president, and South Dakota’s Scott VanderWal was re-elected vice president.
The Federation won the AFBF’s New Horizon Award among large-member states for the Alfa Cares program. It also brought home Awards of Excellence in all four program areas and received an Apex Award for contributions to the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.
Other events included Women’s Leadership caucuses, Young Farmers contests, the IDEAg Trade Show and an address from singer Reba McEntire.
For a full recap, visit AlfaFarmers.org or read the February Neighbors magazine.