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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Celebrates National Ag Week
Perdue Highlights Value Of Agriculture Industry & Danger Of Tariff Retaliation

At The National Grain & Feed Association’s Annual Convention, Secretary Perdue Discussed How Tariffs Could Disrupt The Agriculture Industry:

U.S. Secretary Of Agriculture Sonny Perdue: “There’s Certainly [Already] Some Trade Disruptions Based On Aluminum And Steel Tariffs.” (Karl Plume, “U.S. Agriculture Sectary Says Exports At Risk In Tariff Disputes,” Reuters, 3/19/18)

  • Perdue: Agricultural And Farm Products Are “The Tip Of The Retaliatory Spear” And A Likely Target For Angry Trading Partners. (Karl Plume, “U.S. Agriculture Sectary Says Exports At Risk In Tariff Disputes,” Reuters, 3/19/18)
  • Perdue: “Retaliation Is Tit-For-Tat And Retaliation Is Possible, But It’s Not Up To Us How Other Countries Will React.” (Karl Plume, “U.S. Agriculture Sectary Says Exports At Risk In Tariff Disputes,” Reuters, 3/19/18)
  • Perdue: “We’re Always Concerned Over Any Retaliation Type Of Efforts. We’ve Impressed Upon The White House, As Well As US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer And Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Of The Concerns We Have Regarding Agriculture And Farm Products Being Used As Weapons In Any Retaliatory Measure.” (Amie Sites, “Perdue Says Retaliation From Tariffs Could Hurt Ag,” Brownfield Ag News, 3/20/18)    
  • Perdue: “I’m Hoping That the Exemptions The President Has Issued Over Steel And Aluminum Can Be Done On A Country By Country Basis. I Think He Has Said He Is Willing To Talk To Any Countries So I Hope They Come And Make Their Case.” (Amie Sites, “Perdue Says Retaliation From Tariffs Could Hurt Ag,” Brownfield Ag News, 3/20/18)    

In A Statement For National Ag Day On Tuesday, Perdue Underscored The Importance Of Agriculture To The U.S. Economy:

Perdue: “For The Past 45 Years, National Ag Day Has Played A Key Role In Helping People Understand Where Their Food And Fiber Comes From And How Important Agriculture Is To Our National Economy.  Our Farmers, Ranchers, Foresters, And Producers In America Are Feeding And Clothing The World – And It’s Important To Never Forget That.   I Am Thrilled That We Have A Day, Really A Whole Week, Where We Can Celebrate The Bounty Of The American Harvest.” (“Secretary Perdue Celebrates National Ag Week,” AgWeek, 3/20/18)

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