US Secretary of Agriculture visits local farms

Another federal official was in the 22nd Congressional District on Thursday, this time taking a look at local farms.

Posted: Aug 23, 2018 4:46 PM

VERONA – Another federal official was in the 22nd Congressional District on Thursday, this time taking a look at local farms.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue toured Brabant Farms in Verona with Rep. Claudia Tenney. After the tour, Perdue and Tenney sat and talked to farmers about their concerns.

The farmers expressed their worries about milk prices and the threat of non-dairy products on the sale of milk. Specifically, how almond milk and its marketing has affected the dairy industry.

Farmers also discussed how they would be affected by tarrifs.

“Long term ... the real resolution is getting new trade deals and hopefully we can get something done with Mexico in a week or two and we hope our friends to the north come in,” Perdue said.

“Part of that discussion that Claudia is very concerned about is that class 7 milk they dumped on us and depressed some of the world,” Perdue said.

Perdue visited four farms total in upstate New York.

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