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American Farm Bureau policy experts talked trade during a workshop at the organization’s 100th annual convention. Farm Bureau will be keeping an eye on a lot of things this year when it comes to trade.

Dave Salmonsen is the organization’s senior director of congressional relations. He says the diverse impact of tariffs, the outcomes of free trade agreement negotiations, and the future relationship between the U.S. and China are all factors critical to growing exports in the future. Salmonsen talked about the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement and said the ratification process “could be quick or it could be slow, but there’s a timeline that has to be followed.” Salmonsen said the U.S. has also begun trade negotiations with Japan, the European Union, and the United Kingdom.

Trade negotiations between the U.S. and China are still ongoing. Farm Bureau economist and director of congressional relations Veronica Nigh was also on stage and talked about the economic impact of trade and tariffs. “95 percent of the world’s population is outside the U.S., so export markets are always our best opportunity for growth,” Nigh says. Overall, 20 percent of U.S. agricultural products are exported.

President Donald Trump will address the American Farm Bureau’s 100th Annual Convention on Monday, January 14th, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

It’s the second-straight year that the president will make an appearance at the Farm Bureau event. The convention runs from January 11 through January 16. Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall says his organization is honored to host the president once again. “President Trump has made agriculture a clear priority, giving farmers and ranchers a seat at the table on the top issues affecting our farmers, ranchers, and rural communities,” Duvall says. “What better way to celebrate 100 years of Farm Bureau than to welcome the president of the United States to our centennial celebration?”

The president spoke last year at the 99th event in Nashville. In remarks to the members, he said he was disappointed that it was “only” the 99th event. “You have to understand,” he told members, “100 is so much cooler, I have to be honest. So, I will be back next year.” Farm Bureau Vice President Scott VanderWal of South Dakota says a presidential speech will “really cap off the centennial.”