Ag Today February 14, 2018

AG SECRETARY PERDUE TALKS TRADE, IMMIGRATION AT WORLD AG EXPO

The Business Journal -Published On February 13, 2018 – 5:09 PM
Written By David Castellon

TULARE — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue discussed topics ranging from milk pricing to foreign trade to whether the president understands the need for foreign workers in agriculture during his first official visit to Tulare County.

He made the comments during a town hall meeting at the International Agri Center shortly after the gates opened Tuesday morning for the opening day of the World Ag Expo.

The three-day event is the largest agricultural trade show in the world that drew more than 105,700 visitors last year.

“I’m like a kid in a candy store; I love ag shows,” the secretary said before explaining to a crowd of nearly 200, “I’m here in California trying to learn about the diversity — the vast expanse of California agriculture — because it is a huge part of U.S. agriculture.”

Perdue described the event as a “listening session,” one of several he has conducted in 33 states over the past nine months to hear how his and other federal agencies are doing and what changes people might suggest.

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