Perdue to Address Farmers on Commodity Classic Main Stage
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will present to farmers two times at the 2018 Commodity Classic held February 27 to March 1 in Anaheim, California. Following in the footsteps of his predecessors, Perdue will be the keynote speaker during the general session on Wednesday, February 28, at 9 a.m. He has also added a second appearance on Thursday, March 1, at 10:45 a.m. on the Commodity Classic Main Stage presented by Commodity Classic and Successful Farming.
Perdue is expected to share his vision for the USDA, including rural development and the role of agriculture in America’s food security and economic vitality. It’s also anticipated that he will address hot topics in agriculture, including the new farm bill and international trade pacts.
At this week’s USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum, Perdue emphasized the importance of ag trade while acknowledging concerns over the negotiations for NAFTA. “Our goal at the USDA” is for larger farm exports, he said. “I believe President Trump will, at the end of the day, strike the best deal for the American economy, and that includes agriculture."
While at Commodity Classic, Perdue will also tour the trade show and meet with leaders of the event’s sponsoring commodity associations, which includes the National Corn Growers Association, the American Soybean Association, the National Association of Wheat Growers, the National Sorghum Producers, and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.