Ag Today January 9, 2017

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue seeks to ease farmers’ anxiety about international trade

Jordan Buie, The Tennessean Published 3:37 p.m. ET Jan. 8, 2018 | Updated 3:51 p.m. ET Jan. 8, 2018

NASHVILLE — The Trump administration’s agriculture secretary sought to reassure farmers anxious Monday over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

President Trump will produce the best deal for the U.S., Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told farmers gathered for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual conference here.

“I have great faith in President Trump’s skills as a negotiator, and I am quite confident that he will strike a deal that works best for the United States,” Perdue said in comments at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in a lead-up the president’s address later in the day.

Perdue also outlined portions of Trump’s plan to strengthen rural America and discussed results of the rural task force that the president established in April.

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