American Farm Bureau Federation Vice-President Scott Vanderwal met with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and a panel of farm group leaders at the White House Wednesday. Vanderwal says President Trump and Vice-President Pence briefly visited the meeting, commenting on the importance of agriculture in the U.S. After the pair left the room, the discussion between Perdue and panelists continued. “They basically say the supply management system in Canada is pretty well untouchable. They just won’t move off that, but there are things like the Class 7 milk pricing they invented. They may be willing to give on that. I think the administration feels with the Mexican agreement in place, that will put pressure on Canada to come along.” Vanderwal, who is president of the South Dakota Farm Bureau, says Chinese situation looks like a drawn-out process and an agreement with China could be another year away. The panelists also discussed USDA’s Aid Package. From Perdue’s comments, Vanderwal says the USDA struggled with making the aid package fair.
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