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Perdue: Patriotism Can't Pay Bills

Ag Secretary says farmers, ranchers "bearing the brunt" of trade war

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Tuesday called farmers “some of the best patriots in America,” while speaking at an event, but said farmers “can’t pay the bills with patriotism.”

Southeast Ag Net says Perdue made the comments at Axios 360, an event held by news website Axios, in Washington, D.C. Tuesday morning.

Perdue says the ag industry is “bearing the brunt” of the ongoing trade disputes between the United States and others, like China. Many of the retaliatory tariffs from U.S. trading partners due to U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs are on U.S. agricultural products.

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