U.S. announces US$16 billion of farm assistance

Winnipeg – The United States Department of Agriculture will implement US$16 billion in programs to pay out farmers hurt by “unjustified retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods and other trade disruptions.” “China hasn’t played by the rules for a long time and President (Donald) Trump is standing up to them, sending the clear message that […] Read more

U.S. planning to support farmers amid China trade spat: Perdue

WASHINGTON, May 10 (Reuters) – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Friday President Donald Trump had asked him to create a plan to support American farmers amid a trade dispute with China that has hit the U.S. agricultural sector hard. “While China may backtrack, @POTUS is steadfast in his support for U.S. farmers and […] Read more

U.S. agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue addresses farmers at the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California. | Sean Pratt photo

VIDEO: U.S. ag secretary defends NAFTA

Sean Pratt is attending the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California. The gathering of U.S. corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers is America’s largest farmer-led convention. Look for stories in upcoming issues of The Western Producer. In the meantime, here is a blog of some of the things he is hearing at the conference. ANAHEIM, […] Read more


U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. | Reuters photo

New U.S. secretary of agriculture says ‘COOL is a settled issue’

TORONTO — If American farm groups, legislators or even fellow members of cabinet come to him recommending that the U.S. reimpose country-of-origin labelling, Sonny Perdue won’t be encouraging them. “I think what I would advise them is to persuade the World Trade Organization to change their mind (first),” the U.S. secretary of agriculture said in […] Read more

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. | Reuters photo

The new face of American agriculture

Meet Sonny Perdue. A veteran politician, businessman and farmer, the new U.S. secretary of agriculture has definite ideas about America’s role in trade and farm policy. What will this mean for Canadian farmers? Age 70, married with four adult children and 14 grandchildren. Born on a mixed grain farm in Bonaire, Georgia. Is actively licensed […] Read more


The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture was warmly received when he appeared at the Southeastern United States-Canadian Provinces Alliance conference June 5. He and former Quebec premier and senior federal cabinet minister  Jean Charest held a

U.S. ag secretary hopes to ‘modernize’ NAFTA, not break it

TORONTO, Ont. — If Canada wanted a friend inside the Donald Trump administration, one who has deep Canadian friendships and a desire to boost U.S.-Canada trade, they appear to have gotten lucky in Sonny Perdue. The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture was warmly received when he appeared at the Southeastern United States-Canadian Provinces Alliance conference June […] Read more