President To Sign Executive Order While In Nashville

Posted at 4:59 PM, Jan 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-07 17:06:23-05

President Trump is expected to sign a Presidential Memorandum and Executive Order while in Nashville for the American Farm Bureau Convention.

The President will speak at the convention on Monday. Details about the presidents speech and executive action were not clear, Friday evening. The president will leave for Atlanta following his speech in Nashville.

At the convention, bureau members will attend educational workshops that teach about the outlook for agriculture, business acumen, leadership and more while at the convention.

Reba McEntire is also slated to speak at this year's convention.

She was expected to join the AFBF President Zippy Duvall during the Closing General Session on Monday for a Q&A. Yet, with the President set to be the keynote speaker at the event Monday, it's unclear if McEntire will speak at a different time.

An estimated 7,000 farmers, ranchers and others involved in agriculture will attend the week long event. One discussion members will talk about is the Farm Bill, which is up for discussion in the legislature this year, according to Executive Director of Communications for American Farm Bureau Mace Thornton.

"When you look at the price that farmers receive for corn, soy beans, cotton, their general commodity crops, prices are really tough," said Thornton. "So, being able to find an economic safety net and risk management tools so that they can stay in business for another year is really important."

Many local farmers, including Willis Jepson from Jepson Farms in Orlinda, are planning to attend.  Jepson said the convention gives farmers a voice, and it's exciting that elected officials and the President of the United States will be there to listen.

"We hope to hear about improving export markets for products, immigration reform and regulation reform, "said Jepson.

Jepson added the convention gives farmers a great opportunity to network and discuss the challenges that come with farming.

The convention runs Jan. 5 to 10.