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Secretary Sonny Perdue Wants to Kill Farmer's Market Funding in New USDA Budget

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) calls on Secretary Perdue to use his position to influence the budget changes to make a better impact for farmers and ranchers during the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing regarding USDA’s budget request on June 13, 2017. Photo credit: USDA, Preston Keres.On Tuesday, June 13, shortly after appropriators received a letter from nearly 600 organizations, businesses, and local governments opposing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) plan to eliminate its Rural Development Mission Area, the Secretary of Agriculture returned to Capitol Hill to once again defend his plans for a Departmental reorganization. This week, the Secretary was before the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, which along with its analog in the House, determines discretionary funding levels for USDA and its programs.

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Perdue Statement on Sugar Agreement with Mexico

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 the U.S.  This 2014 Suspension Agreement contained limits on the amount and type of Mexican sugar that could be imported each year.  The original date to reach a new agreement was Monday, June 5, 2017, but Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross extended the deadline to today, Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

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Second Lady Karen Pence, Secretary Perdue Unveil Beehive at Vice President’s Residence, and Asks 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, which are essential to producing much of the nation’s food.

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Agriculture Secretary Perdue Reminds Farmers, Families and Small Businesses in Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas that USDA Offers Disaster Assistance Programs to Help

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue reminds farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses that were affected by the recent severe storms and flooding that USDA has several programs that provide assistance before, during and after disasters.  USDA staff in the regional, State and county offices in the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas are ready to help. 

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