Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said he was “taking the elephant out of the room” when he announced the Ginning Cost-share Program for U.S. cotton producers at the Mid-South Farm Gin Show’s Ag Update Session.
The secretary then addressed another “elephant in the room” when he met with ag editors in the Media Center later. That was President Trump’s repeated threats to withdraw from NAFTA and the recent tariffs he had been promising on steel and aluminum imports.
He said cabinet members including himself have been advising the president not to withdraw from NAFTA, an agreement which has made Canada and Mexico the top markets for U.S. agricultural exports. He also said the tariff proposals, which were formalized in a White House announcement Thursday (March 8), “frankly, aren’t helping.”