A new survey revealed that approval of President Donald Trump among farmers reached a record high of 83 percent.

This is the highest support in the rural sector since the Farm Journal launched its survey of opinion on the president’s policies.

“Of note is the strongly approve category went up three percentage points from an already lofty (December) number and his highest overall approval ratings ever,” said Pro Farmer policy analyst Jim Wiesemeyer.

The publication’s work on the U.S. agricultural market was based on responses from 1,286 farmers.

Rural respondents who said they “strongly approve” of President Trump rose to 64 percent in January, up from 61 percent at the end of 2019. Meanwhile, 19 percent said they “somewhat approve” of the president’s performance. Only 16 percent said they disapproved of his performance.

“That says the president’s approval is rock-solid,” Wiesemeyer said.

He stressed that with the recent “upbeat news” about the USMCA and the signing of Phase 1 of the trade agreement with China, “the ratings will likely remain firm ahead.”

“The passage of USMCA is great news for America’s farmers and ranchers (…) I thank President Trump and Ambassador [Robert] Lighthizer for successfully delivering an improved and modern trade agreement and working so hard for the people of American agriculture to get this deal across the finish line,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.

From the beginning of his administration, President Trump has shown strong support for the agricultural sector.

On Sunday, he spoke at the annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation in Austin, Texas, where he praised the performance of American farmers.

“The deal with China will tear down market barriers and pry open vast new markets for American beef, pork, poultry, seafood, soybeans, rice, dairy, infant formula, animal feed, biotechnology, and much, much more,” he told some 6,000 rural delegates.

“This is an incredible success for our entire country. And it was your fortitude, your perseverance, and your devotion, that made it all possible,” he added.

It is expected that after the end of the controversial political trial in the Senate, President Trump will sign a trade agreement with India in order to open more agricultural and industrial opportunities in the Asian country.

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