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President plans to rebuild rural America

President Donald Trump speaks to commodity groups and ag leaders at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. Photo Courtesy: Sara Wyant, Agri-Pulse Communications

In speeches Wednesday afternoon and evening, President Donald Trump reaffirmed Ag leaders and commodity groups he will “always support farmers”.

The president spoke at Kirkwood Community College Wednesday night before a rally in downtown Cedar Rapids. Iowa Corn Grower’s Association Chairman and Decorah farmer Bob Hemesath heard the speech.

“I think everyone was in general support but looking for more details and looking to find out more definitive answers on trade and other issues as for what their actual plan is,” Hemesath said. For the most part Hemesath was pleased.

He said around 200 people were invited to the Kirkwood event. All major commodity groups were represented along with general farm organizations. President Trump then spoke to a crowd downtown estimated at 7,800 and he didn’t disappoint.

“It is great to be back in the incredible, beautiful great state of Iowa,” Trump said.

The president focused mainly on campaign rhetoric heard before but highlighted agriculture at times throughout the speech. He made a commitment to improve rural broadband and touted how he kept his promise supporting ethanol. Trump also expressed the need for rural broadband.

“We must also ensure that these students [at Kirkwood] have the broadband Internet access they need to succeed and thrive in this new and very modern and very changed economy and world,” Trump said.

He plans to include a provision in his infrastructure proposal to promote and foster enhanced broadband access for rural America.

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