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Secretary Perdue addresses Tennessee ag interests

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue chats with Tennessee Farm Bureau President Jeff Akins as he makes his way to the podium at the Tennessee Farmers Cooperative in Knoxville. Perdue addressed a standing room crowd gathered in front of the Co-op loading docks.
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was in Tennessee April 17 to discuss benefits of the new tax law and other issues affecting farmers.

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue addressed representatives of Tennessee agriculture April 17 at the Knox Farmers' Cooperative in Knoxville, Tenn. Perdue discussed trade, immigration reform, the farm bill and the benefits farmers receive from the new tax law. 

In remarks from the podium and during a question and answer session, Perdue reassured farmers that President Trump will not leave them to take the brunt of any retaliatory tariffs China might impose in response to the administration’s efforts to pressure the Chinese into a fair trade policy.

“The president will not let you be the only soldiers in the battle,” Perdue said. “Farmers don’t like cheaters and stealers and those who don’t play by the rules,” he added. “The president wants China to play by the rules. I think he has got China’s attention. We want China as a customer; we want fair trading partners across the globe. China has to play fair.”

A standing room crowd was on hand to greet the Secretary and to express their concerns on farm policy.

See Perdue: ag not only soldiers in trade battle

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