Farm Progress

The Secretary of Agriculture spoke to a large crowd at Commodity Classic, covering trade, RFS, farm bill and more.

Jen Koukol, Digital Editor

March 1, 2018

4 Min Read
Mike Wilson

A standing ovation greeted U.S. Secretary of Agriculture as he took the stage at the general session during 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, CA, on Feb. 28. And Sonny Perdue was ready to talk, in spite of a nagging cough.


Perdue’s mission at USDA is to serve farmers better.


As in previous speeches, Perdue reminded farmers that deregulation is in process with this administration.

He told farmers that they’re working on killing SAM and DUNS.


Perdue reminded the crowd he is at the White House every week talking about trade. And he’s committed to helping U.S. farmers.


Ag gets caught in the crossfire regarding immigration, Perdue said.

“I know we can have an easier more effective system,” he says. “President Trump understands the need for a legal ag workforce. We’re working to get the ag workforce included in a comprehensive immigration bill.”


Farm bill

Sharing his principles for the farm bill, Perdue has three specific inclusions he wants to see.

Tax code

An easier and friendlier tax code is making it easier for farmers to own their business, Purdue said.

“The federal tax code shouldn’t pick winners and losers in the marketplace,” he said. “Fairness should be important to everyone even if 199 doesn’t directly affect you.”


President Trump stands with corn farmers, biofuel farmers and the RFS; I stand with him and I stand with you,” Perdue told the crowd.

And he also said we should “be smart in agriculture and think about how to create and build demand rather than build a law that will expire. I think some people have confused RIN prices with demand.”In closing, Perdue was gracious to America's farmers, thanking them for toughing it out. 

About the Author(s)

Jen Koukol

Digital Editor

Jen grew up in south-central Minnesota and graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato, with a degree in mass communications. She served as a communications specialist for the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, and was a book editor before joining the Corn & Soybean Digest staff.

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