While many farmers would like to preserve existing trade deals - which help send billions in American agricultural products around the world - President Trump has made clear he wants to shake things up with the North American Free Trade Agreement and other agreements - and that's drawn a somewhat anxious response in Nashville. "For years, many of you have endured burdensome fines, inspections, needless paperwork and relentless intrusion from an army of regulators from the EPA, FDA and countless other federal agencies".
"That was in 1992, President H.W. Bush, and it was in Kansas City at the old Municipal Auditorium", recalled Kendell Culp from Rensselaer, Indiana Farm Bureau vice president.
Following the recommendations of a new Task Force on Rural Prosperity, he also signed two presidential orders providing for the use of federal buildings and fast-track procedures to speed up rural broadband roll-out.
Trump's comments about the reduced estate tax - also known as the "death tax" - drew a standing ovation at the Farm Bureau's national gathering, and it was a boast Trump seemed to relish making. "And we're fighting for our country", he said. "She's very strong on getting broadband to rural America".
Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden said, "Tennessee Republicans stand with President Trump and his commitment to farmers and rural communities across Tennessee".
Overall, Trump was warmly received; he then closed by declaring that "farm country is God's country".
"President Trump has listened to my concerns on numerous occasions, as evidenced by today's speech, and those concerns have certainly not fallen on deaf ears", said Roberts, R-Kan.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson says the halftime song at the College Football Championship game should be "We Shall Overcome".
"I am looking forward to working with Congress to pass the farm bill on time so that it delivers for all of you".
"You embody the values of hard work, grit, self-reliance and sheer determination we need to - did you ever hear this expression? - make America great again", Trump told the crowd, returning to his campaign slogan.
In the last weeks of 2017 alone, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Develop announced investments of over $74.7 million that will bring over 2,014 new jobs to rural Tennessee communities.
"As we spread fertilizers, because it's all done by coding and we also have yield reports that are coming through on our iPads from our monitors, and everything is pretty much from a technical aspect gathering information and helping to make it easier for us to produce more crops with less input".
Burrell got a special White House invitation to be the president's VIP guest and said the convention and Trump's actions could help everyone.