A handful of Minnesota farmers and agribusiness professionals attended Monday’s roundtable discussion with President Trump, including Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap. He says there were no questions from the audience. The president did talk a lot about tax cuts and about the importance of trade. “Once you lose a market, it’s really hard to get back. Let’s start with our closest neighbors, Canada and Mexico,” says Paap. “Let’s get the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement taken care of and then, move onto Japan and other agreements. We need a win in agriculture.” Paap was a little disappointed USMCA wasn’t mentioned. Trump did address infrastructure needs including strengthening rural broadband. This was Trump’s first public appearance in the Twin Cities since becoming president.
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