Five-State Tour to Focus on Rural Prosperity, Preparation for 2018 Farm Bill

(Washington, D.C., August 1, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today made two key appointments to help fulfill the vital mission of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ensure the safety of the nation’s food supply. Perdue announced that Carmen Rottenberg was selected as Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety and Paul Kiecker was named Acting Administrator for the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2017 – The government of Japan has announced that rising imports of frozen beef in the first quarter of the Japanese fiscal year (April-June) have triggered a safeguard, resulting in an automatic increase to Japan's tariff rate under the WTO on imports of frozen beef from the United States.  The increase, from 38.5 percent to 50 percent, will begin August 1, 2017 and last through March 31, 2018.  The tariff would affect only exporters from countries, including the United

(Washington, D.C., July 26, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will travel to Mérida, Mexico, this week as the guest of Mexican Secretary of Agriculture José Calzada Rovirosa. The two leaders will engage in bilateral meetings Thursday and Friday – including a panel discussion with U.S. and Mexican producers, several agricultural site visits, and a joint press conference – seeking to build on the U.S.

(Washington, DC, July 25, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will announce a new partnership TOMORROW, Wednesday, July 26th, during the 2017 National FFA Organization’s State Presidents’ Conference D.C. Alumni Breakfast at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The announcement is designed to help support youth and prepare the workforce of tomorrow for unique careers in agriculture.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue hosts a working breakfast meeting with members of the Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Task Force.

(WASHINGTON, July 20, 2017) - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) research generated 244 new inventions and 109 patent applications in the 2016 fiscal year. These innovations included an anti-cancer drug derived from Omega-3 fatty acids, sensors to help prevent bridge collapses, gene-silencing technology that controls mosquito populations, and hand-held imaging tools to detect meat contamination.

(WASHINGTON, July 20, 2017) – Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reached agreement with Chinese officials on final details of a protocol to allow the United States to begin exporting rice to China for the first time ever.

(Washington, D.C., July 19, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded President Donald J. Trump’s declaration of intent to nominate Ted McKinney for Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs and Dr. Sam Clovis for Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics.

(Washington, D.C., July 19, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today named three individuals to take on leadership roles within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services (FNCS).

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