Nov 09, 2016
American Soybean Association (ASA) Vice President and Roseville, Ill., soybean farmer Ron Moore congratulated President-Elect Donald Trump on his victory early this morning. In a statement, Moore pointed to the work ahead for the Trump Administration and the 115th Congress on critical agriculture issues and signaled ASA's willingness to collaborate on securing policy that benefits American soybean farmers:
"The American Soybean Association congratulates Donald Trump on his victory in the presidential election. We look forward to working with the new administration and the 115th Congress to communicate and advance soybean farmer priorities. President-Elect Trump said repeatedly on the campaign trail that he would ensure farmers are at the table when important decisions affecting agriculture are made, and we will work with President Trump to make sure we indeed are at the table.
"We applaud his pro-farmer stance on the renewable fuel standard, on reducing the burden of regulations like the EPA's Waters of the U.S. rule, on investing in our nation's supply chain infrastructure, and on protecting farm and food programs in the farm bill. We look forward to taking an active and cooperative role as the Trump Administration works on these critical issues.
"We look forward as well to a constructive discussion on President-Elect Trump's stance on trade. It is impossible to overstate the importance of trade--and specifically of the Chinese market--to American soybean farmers. Similarly, our export markets in North America and Southeast Asia are extraordinarily important trading partners. We export half of all soy grown in the U.S. One in four rows of beans goes to China, and Mexico is our second-largest market. We are eager to work together to illustrate how critical an aggressive trade agenda is for soybean farmers.
"Congratulations to President-Elect Trump and to the incoming members of the 115th Congress. ASA stands ready to work with these men and women on behalf of the nation's soybean farmers."