(Washington, DC, August 30, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today expressed his strong support for President Trump’s tax reform agenda as a great benefit to the American agriculture community. Perdue issued the following statement:

USDA-Developed Mobile Application Answers Ethics Questions On the Go

(Washington, D.C., August 21, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced Tony Tooke will serve as the new Chief of the U.S. Forest Service. Tooke has worked for the Forest Service since age 18 and currently is the Regional Forester for the Southern Region. Following the announcement, Secretary Perdue issued this statement:

Compliance & Enforcement Resources

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) mission is to protect the integrity of the USDA organic seal. We protect organic farms and businesses who are playing by the rules by taking enforcement actions against those who break the rules.

Organic Imports

(Washington, D.C., August 18, 2017) – U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today announced his retirement after a 40-year career, characterized by his climb from a firefighter to a District Ranger, Forest Supervisor to the head of the U.S. Forest Service, leading more than 30,000 employees working in all 50 states plus Puerto Rico.

On Sunday, August 6, 2017, as part of his “Back to Our Roots” RV Tour, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will make a stop at the Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport.

Beginning at 1:00 p.m., Secretary Perdue will tour the Iowa building, which showcases agriculture-related STEM education, and participate in a farm safety demonstration.  Open to the press. This is part of his five-state tour to focus on rural prosperity and preparation for 2018 Farm Bill

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