In October of 2016, presidential candidate Donald Trump told the American Farm Bureau Federation he would change or repeal unjustified regulations that are bad for American farmers and consumers.
“Our nation’s regulatory system is completely broken. Terrible rules are written by unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats who often know nothing about the people they are regulating,” he wrote to the Farm Bureau in its survey of candidates. “The regulators have all of the power, and our nation’s farmers are often forced to endure costly, burdensome, and unwise regulations that are bad for American farmers and consumers.”
When he won the election, farmers and ranchers were hopeful he would stand by that promise and loosen the regulatory grip that has put increasing pressure on their livelihoods.