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President Donald Trump delivered a lengthy speech to the Farm Bureau Association conference in Nashville, Tenn.

Trump praised the hard work of farmers and those in the agriculture industry.

He added that he was the first president to address the nation's farmers since George H.W. Bush in 1992.

"Our [nation's] independence was won by farmers - our continent was tamed by farmers," Trump said. "Our Army is fed by farmers. Farmers have always led the way."

Trump said America's farmers show "the hard work, grit and self-reliance we need to... make America great again."

Trump promised to continue removing regulations that have stymied production and growth in rural America.

He said he will end the Obama-era "Waters of the United States Rule," which puts the federal government in charge of certain creeks, wetlands, and even smaller bodies of water on farmland.

President Barack Obama called the rule mandatory to protect drinking water and the environment, while critics - like those quoted in Politico - said it gives the government "carte blanche to... penalize landowners every time a cow walks through a ditch."

Trump also compared his vision for agriculture to that of his 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton. 

"The other choice wasn't going to work out well," he remarked.

Trump also thanked Gov. Bill Haslam (R-Tenn.), Reps. Diane Black and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)  and other Republican officials who accompanied him on the trip.

He also gave a hat tip to Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), a frequent critic of his administration, for his support of the Farm Bureau.

At the close of his speech, he signed an executive order to streamline the expansion of broadband telecommunications access in rural areas.

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