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No More Brazilian Beef for Now

Brian German Dairy & Livestock, Trade

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that fresh beef imports from Brazil have been suspended due to food safety and animal health concerns. Shipments will be suspended until the USDA is satisfied that the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture has taken the appropriate corrective actions. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has been inspecting all the meat products coming …

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Perdue Comments on Rural Broadband Needs

Dan Industry News Release, Technology

On the way to Iowa this week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told a White House press pool that broadband internet has become the infrastructure of necessity in rural areas. His comments came as President Trump toured agriculture education facilities in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to learn more about agriculture technology, and to pledge a focus on rural broadband in his infrastructure …

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Perdue Hosting Mexico, Canada Counterparts in Georgia

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Tuesday is playing host to his counterparts from Mexico and Canada in Perdue’s home state. Canada’s Trade Minister and Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture will join Perdue for a tour of the Georgia Ports Authority and a farm tour. The trilateral meeting is the first time the three will hold meetings since President Donald Trump triggered renegotiation …

USDA Reorganization Takes Shape

Dan Industry News Release

Perdue Names Leadership in Acting Roles Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue named three individuals who will take on leadership roles as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues the reorganization announced on May 11, 2017.  In accordance with a directive in the 2014 Farm Bill, USDA created a new Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs as part of …

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Secretary Perdue Hosts Inaugural Rural Prosperity Task Force Meeting

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

Task Force showcases broad interagency support for promoting economic growth and spurring innovation in rural America U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue hosted the inaugural meeting of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. Joined by Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, Director of the White House Office of Management and …

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No USDA Nominees Until September

Dan Industry News Release

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told lawmakers this week he may be the lone political appointment at the Department of Agriculture until September, or later. Currently, 15 executive posts at USDA are vacant and await White House nomination. Perdue told the Senate Ag Appropriations Subcommittee the names of nominees for six positions, including that of deputy secretary, have been sent to …

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Opposition Rising Against Perdue Rural Development Pick

Dan Industry News Release

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s move to name Anne Hazlett as his assistant on rural development is drawing criticisms. Perdue announced Hazlett as his assistant on rural development this week, replacing the former undersecretary role for rural development. Hazlett has been the chief Republican counsel on the Senate Agriculture Committee. Hazlett will oversee the Rural Utilities Service, the Rural Business Service, …

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U.S., China Finalize Details to Send U.S. Beef to China

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Trade

As part of the U.S.-China 100-Day Action plan announced on May 11, 2017, by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, the Trump Administration has taken important steps toward commercial shipment of U.S. beef and beef products to China for the first time since 2003.  These shipments are results of the U.S.-China Comprehensive …

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Secretary Perdue to Testify Before Senate Ag Appropriations Subcommittee

Dan Economy, Industry News Release, Trade

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will give testimony to the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Tuesday. The subcommittee will hold a hearing on President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the fiscal year 2018. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Michel Young, the Department of Agriculture budget officer who is also acting deputy secretary, and Robert Johansson, USDA’s chief economist, are scheduled to testify, according …

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Trump Waterways Commitment Needs Funding

Dan Industry News Release, Water

Farm groups are encouraged by President Donald Trump’s infrastructure commitment for waterways, but Politico questions how the President plans to fund the effort. Trump announced his plan with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke earlier this week. The American Soybean Association says President Trump’s remarks highlighted the importance of the waterways and the need for infrastructure upgrades, …

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USDA Helps Expand Rural Broadband Infrastructure in Four States

Dan Industry News Release, Technology

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that USDA is awarding four loans to help provide broadband service in rural portions of California, Illinois, Iowa and Texas. “Too many rural areas still lack access to robust, affordable broadband services that can create jobs and boost rural economies,” Perdue said. “These broadband infrastructure investments will connect rural communities to a digital future and …

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Perdue Statement on Sugar Agreement with Mexico

Dan Industry News Release, Sugar

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued a statement regarding a new agreement between the United States and Mexico regarding the importation of Mexican sugar.  The U.S. Department of Commerce has been reviewing a 2014 agreement with the government of Mexico and the Mexican sugar refiners that suspended anti-dumping and countervailing duties on the import of Mexican sugar into …

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Second Lady Karen Pence, Secretary Perdue Unveil Beehive at Vice President’s Residence

Dan Environment, Industry News Release

Ask Public to Help Boost Pollinator Population Second Lady Karen Pence and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today unveiled a newly-installed beehive on the grounds of the Vice President’s residence, drawing attention to the plight of pollinators whose numbers are in decline. Together, the two urged Americans to do their own part to help reverse the population trend among the creatures, …

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to Travel to Canada

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

Secretary Sonny Perdue will make his first international trip as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Monday, June 5, to Toronto, Canada. “The bilateral U.S.-Canada relationship is important to the prosperity of both of our countries and I look forward to strengthening this bond with our neighbors to the north moving forward,” said Perdue. Perdue will meet with Canadian Minister of Agriculture …

Secretaries Perdue and Zinke Stress Inter-Departmental Collaboration as Wildfire Season Approaches

Dan Forestry, Industry News Release

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Interior Secretary Ryan K. Zinke joined forces in Boise, Idaho at the National Incident Fire Command Center (NIFC) for a tour and briefing on the upcoming wildfire season. Following the events, the secretaries sent a memorandum to wildland fire leadership highlighting the importance of inter-departmental collaboration in protecting communities and managing public lands. In the …

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Statement of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on President Trump’s Paris Accord Announcement

Dan Environment, Industry News Release

“President Trump promised that he would put America first and he has rightly determined that the Paris accord was not in the best interests of the United States.  In addition to costing our economy trillions of dollars and millions of jobs, the accord also represented a willful and voluntary ceding of our national sovereignty.  The agreement would have had a …

Secretary Perdue Continues Farm State Travels

Dan Industry News Release

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue continues traveling this week as he will attend the Montana Ag Summit Thursday. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts is expected to join Perdue at the event that was organized by committee member Steve Daines, a Montana Republican. Also attending is a team of Mexican barley and malt importers, who are visiting the U.S. as part …

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USDA Political Appointment Nominees Expected Soon

Dan Industry News Release, Legislative

Nominees for The Department of Agriculture’s political post within the agency are expected within a month or so. Sources close to the Secretary have allegedly told Politico that Perdue has made his picks for key positions within USDA, and those picks could be announced in June. There are nearly a dozen political positions that require confirmation by the U.S. Senate, …

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Perdue Echoes Vilsack on Cottonseed Declaration

Dan Cotton, Industry News Release

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue this week echoed his predecessor, telling U.S. House lawmakers the Department of Agriculture does not have the authority to declare cottonseed as an oilseed. Perdue carried the same message former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offered to lawmakers on the issue, as advised by USDA lawyers. Perdue was asked about the issue during a House Agriculture Appropriations …