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Secretary Perdue Praised Farmers and Encouraged Consumers to be Confident of Safety and Quality

03/05/2019

Speaking at the USDA Annual Outlook Forum, Secretary of Agriculture Dr. Sonny Perdue emphasized the connection between farmers and consumers. The theme of his address was Consumers Need the Truth, Don't Fear Your Food. Perdue stated "We need to help inform the non-farmer to understand that crop protection tools and technologies help to feed the World and will be needed more in the future."

In the unlikely event that resolution of the trade dispute is not achieved, and China declines to purchase soybeans and other agricultural commodities from the U.S., Perdue opined that supplementary payment to farmers to offset the impact of tariffs will not be repeated in 2019.