USA Rice joined 15 other agricultural organizations, including the American Farm Bureau Federation and American Soybean Association, to congratulate President-Elect Trump and Vice President-Elect Pence and remind them of the importance of U.S. agriculture to the economy. In the letter dated 06-01-17, the America’s farmers and ranchers said that we congratulate you on the successful outcome of the election and we look forward to working with your Administration to grow jobs in the rural economy through growth-oriented tax policies, eliminating or reforming unnecessary regulatory burdens, investing in infrastructure, and by increasing agricultural exports. As you know, the economic vitality of America’s heartland is inextricably linked to the continuing productivity of U.S. agriculture, which is an unparalleled American success story. Agriculture and agriculture-related industries contributed $835 billion to the U.S. GDP in 2014, a 4.8 percent share. Our industry employs millions of hard working Americans. In 2014, 17.3 million full and part-time jobs were related to agriculture – about 9.3 percent of total U.S. employment. Food manufacturing accounts for 14 percent of all employees – the largest single sector.
The letter further said exports account for over 70 percent of U.S. production of tree nuts and cotton, over 60 percent of soybeans, and over 50 percent of rice and wheat. Positive farm income throughout America would not be possible without access to foreign markets, trade promotion, and trade agreements. Like everyone in the coalition, we look forward to working with the new Administration to identify opportunities that will benefit U.S. food and agriculture and American consumers.