Local farmers give reaction following President’s speech in NOLA at the Farm Bureau Convention

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President Donald Trump says his administration is fighting for America’s farmers, ranchers, and growers. And thousands of them gave him a warm rececption in New Orleans.

“We are standing up for the men and women who work the fields, till the soil, and harvest the land.”

President Trump says the $867 billion farm bill he signed last month will help farmers.

He says his administration is fighting unfair trade deals and negotiating new ones.

“Many, many new markets are being opened up. We’ve eliminated a record number of job killing regulations and the farmers got hit probably as hard as anybody.”

Allen McLain, Jr. – Abbeville Farmer – “New are always helpful. It’s a way that we can expand our product and move our commodity around.”

Dr. Mike Strain, LA Agriculture Commissioner – “He talked about trade. He talked about our labor issues and trying to make labor issues to where it’s easier to get our guest workers in.”

President Trump says farmers heavily depend on the guest worker program.  but the program’s on hold because of the partial government shutdown.

Julie Richard, Kaplan Farmer – “It is crawfish season around the corner and so without that labor force we cannot harvest the crawfish and you will see an increase in crawfish prices on the table across Louisiana.”

But Richard Fontenot, a 5th generation farmer from Ville Platte says farmers are optimistic for 2019. 

Richard Fontenot, Ville Platte Farmer – He hits on the key topics that are sensitive to our particular industry right at this time. But they are working on it. They don’t have all the solutions but they’re working on making things better.”

Rob Macko – “Many of the farmers say they leave the convention hall hopeful that President Trump can follow through with many of the promises he’s making to America’s farmers. In New Orleans. Rob Macko. KLFY News 10.”

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