GLENWOOD, Iowa (DTN) — Rural leaders in the Democratic Party took to Zoom and other livestream events on Tuesday to spotlight, among other things, problems with broadband and infrastructure in rural America.
The Democratic National Convention held events throughout Tuesday with its Rural Caucus and “Leaders of American Agriculture” where they highlighted former Vice President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan. Democratic leaders put a heavy emphasis on rural broadband and health care while criticizing the Trump administration and President Trump directly on trade, biofuels, climate change and the pandemic response.
A western Pennsylvania soybean and hay farmer who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 spoke at the Democratic National Convention on Monday. “The last year has been the biggest challenge, financially, that I can remember,” said Rick Telesz of Volant, Pennsylvania.
The tariffs China imposed on U.S. farm products in retaliation for the tariffs that Trump placed on Chinese goods have had a trickle-down effect, Telesz said.