USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue Tells Commodity Classic- I Support the RFS and SO Does My Boss- President TrumpWed, 28 Feb 2018 14:18:18 CST
United States Department of Agriculture Sonny Perdue addressed corn, soybean, sorghum and wheat farmers Wednesday morning at the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, Calif. during the convention's general session.
Perdue opened his presentation with the announcement that Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey had the hold on his nomination released and was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday(and sworn in on Wednesday morning) which allows him to assume his position at the USDA as Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation. He also assured those in the audience that President Trump is aware of the current situation in the commodity markets and fully supports the RFS and its significant role in supporting the agricultural economy.
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn was there to cover the event. Listen to Perdue's full remarks from the podium at today's event, by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
"Hear me clearly all of you. I will not support any policies that are harmful to the RFS and our agricultural producers," Perdue said. "Anything you read or hear that is contrary to that is untrue."
Perdue talked about the importance of technology in agriculture and in the operation of the USDA to help streamline and increase efficiency in how farmers report on their crops and comply with FSA and NRCS programs. He directed the audience to a recently launched website which he says his department is building one step at a time called farmers.gov
"I want the USDA to be the most effective government office," he said. "And make sure we serve you our customers by your standards."
The Secretary's presentation included a highlight reel of his recent roving bus tour across rural America. Three major areas of concern for farmers were gleaned on this tour including regulation, trade and farm labor workforce. He insisted that President Trump is leading the administration in one of the most successful campaigns for federal deregulation.
"Providing the relief from those regulations I hope will allow you to go out and do what you do best - growing food and fiber for the world," he said. "And I hope USDA can then turn around and help you sell it."
Perdue promoted Ted McKinney's position as Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. He touted USDA's success in returning US beef to the Chinese market. He also assured that Trump is committed to making NAFTA work better for farmers and all American industries. He added that the President is aware of the industry's need for a legal workforce and says he intends to work with Congress on comprehensive immigration reform legislation.
Finally, Perdue addressed the formation of the 2018 Farm Bill. He said above all, he wants to see the Farm Bill provide adequate security for farmers that will be conducive to sound risk management decisions.
"All these developments are good news. There's no sugar coating the fact that we're facing some hard times. But while times are tough I know that American farmers and ranchers are tougher. Every day you display to the world what the American farmer is capable of. Continue on and may God bless your families and the United States of America."
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