While at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue assured attendees that President Donald Trump doesn't intend to let China hold farmers "hostage" in an escalating trade dispute with the United States.
Perdue chats with graduate students about diseases affecting specialty crops, such as cucurbit downy mildew, hop rhizomes root gail and phytophthora fruit rot.
Perdue talked with professor Bruno Basso, who uses drones for agricultural research. Also pictured far left is U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg and Ron Hendrick, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Perdue address pork producers at the Clemons Food Group pork processing plant in Coldwater.
Perdue chats with Michigan State University graduate students.
MSU researchers showed Perdue through a lab that exposes growing plants to different colors of light.