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US: Farming has bright future under Trump administration

Farming has bright future under Trump administration Jay Lehr isn’t opposed to free trade. In fact, he knows that American farmers, like the potato growers gathered here from around Washington and Oregon for the 2017 Potato Conference, need foreign markets, and the growth potential those markets provide. But Lehr, who says he has been advising President Trump on science and agriculture, said that a big multilateral trade deal like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which President Donald Trump recently announced the U.S. was withdrawing from, isn’t it. Most folks in ag thought the TPP would be good, but most have not read it,” said Lehr, the keynote speaker at this year’s Washington-Oregon Potato Conference. The TPP is like Obamacare. It’s thousands of pages kept in a locked room and members of Congress are not allowed to take notes when they read it. And that’s because there are over 50 sweetheart deals for supporters of the past president,” he said. Free trade is simple, Lehr said to a standing-room-only crowd at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. “I’ll buy your stuff and won’t put a tariff on it if you buy my stuff and won’t put a tariff on it,” Lehr said. “It’s that simple. You don’t need a thousand pages.” More