Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue kicked off the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture annual meeting. Perdue cited two major trade successes; the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the phase one trade deal with China. Perdue said China has stepped up over the past six weeks. “We think we will own that market probably through January when the next Brazilian crop comes in.” North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring asked Perdue about the WHIP+ program. When implemented, WHIP+ was open-ended for 2018 and 2019. Goehring said a deadline is needed for those past two years so the current crop year can be addressed. “That’s frankly a mistake in that regulation,” said Perdue. Goehring is NASDA’s president and was scheduled to host the meeting in North Dakota. After the pandemic is over, Perdue said he’s like to visit the state.
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