Secretary Sonny Says- Time for China to Start Buying Our Stuff and Stop Stealing ItMon, 03 Dec 2018 15:22:58
US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue made several stops in the Chicago area on Monday- including making time to address the 2018 Illinois Farm Bureau Convention- he talked China and he talked about the almost concluded 2018 Farm Bill.
Regarding the announced ninety day cooling off period between the United States and China- Secretary Perdue expressed hope that the pause in tariff threats will result in US farm products being bought once again by the Chinese- ďIím excited about the possibility of China buying our stuff again and stop stealing our stuff! Thatís really what itís about Ė We want Ďem to buy our stuff and stop stealing it."
On the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report- he acknowledged that the measure won't get final consideration this week in Congress because of the focus in Washington over the death and memorial services of former President George H W Bush- he does expect that we will know more details about the bill by early next week.
Perdue does believe that farmers will like Title I- the federal farm safety net programs. He expects there will be positive tweeks in both the PLC and ARC programs- and that Crop Insurance will be fully protected.
Speaking to reporters after his comments to the general farm organization, he told them that it is "yet to be determined" whether China will remove the tariffs on U.S. soybeans, saying "Those are issues that will be fleshed out in the next few days.
He also talked with reporters about Mexico and the hope by ag interests to see the retaliatory tariffs on U.S. Pork lifted by Mexico- Perdue saying "That's what we are working on with the Section 232 tariffs. That has to be negotiated down to a quota rather than being a tariff situation. We are working with the White House and others to make that happen as soon as possible. There are ongoing meetings all the time."
To hear the remarks offered up by Secretary Perdue to the delegates at the Illinois Farm Bureau meeting, click on the LISTEN BAR below.
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