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US: Potato CEO sees challenges and success with Trump

vaughn-political-climate-03.jpgJohn Keeling has spoken about politics to agricultural crowds for 25 years, but he’s never seen a political climate quite like this. “We’ve seen things over the last year that just have never happened before,” said Keeling, the executive vice president and CEO of the National Potato Council in the US, during his keynote speech at the 28th annual Eastern Shore Agricultural Conference and Trade Show. “It’s ground we’ve never plowed before. It’s interactions we’ve never seen before. It’s ways of doing business we’ve never seen before,” Keeling said. “There’s nothing wrong with renegotiating NAFTA. …There’s nothing wrong with making NAFTA better,” he said. “But if we lose NAFTA in its entirety, it would be devastating for the potato industry, devastating for the grain industry, the pork industry. Other Trump policies, though, have benefited farmers. More