Latest Sonny Perdue News

Perdue defends, celebrates USDA agency moves to Missouri

Nov. 15, 2019 5:52 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said Friday that he has “absolutely zero regrets” about moving the headquarters of two research agencies from Washington, D.C., to Kansas City, despite continuing criticism that the move would harm agricultural research and...

Upper Midwest sugar beet farmers endure difficult harvest

Nov. 15, 2019 4:19 PM EST

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — It's been a bitter harvest for many Minnesota and North Dakota sugar beet farmers. Nearly a third of the crop in some parts of the two states is frozen into the fields — where it'll be left to rot — after a wet October delayed the harvest until the weather turned too...

Senate Democrats assail Trump's $16B bailout for farmers

Nov. 12, 2019 5:24 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump's $16 billion bailout package for farmers hurt by the trade war with China unfairly benefits the South at the expense of the North and wealthy producers over smaller farms, Democratic senators concluded in a report released Tuesday. The report, one of the sharpest...

$800 million in disaster aid to farmers hit by hurricanes

Nov. 8, 2019 5:31 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The federal government announced $800 million in aid Friday to farmers in three southern states that were devastated by last year's hurricanes. Nearly half that money will go to Florida, where timber farmers suffered catastrophic losses when Hurricane Michael came ashore in October...

Federal help approved for North Dakota farmers, ranchers

Nov. 8, 2019 2:02 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota will receive federal help for farmers and ranchers who struggled with an early blizzard and wet harvest conditions. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the secretarial disaster designation on Friday. Gov. Doug Burgum requested the help last week to help...

Walz seeks agriculture disaster declaration for NW Minnesota

Nov. 7, 2019 5:28 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz asked the U.S. agriculture secretary on Thursday to declare a disaster for 12 counties of northwestern Minnesota where farmers are struggling through a very difficult harvest season. The governor said in a letter to Secretary Sonny Perdue that unrelenting bad...

USDA picks Missouri office building as its Kansas City site

Oct. 31, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is renting permanent office space for two of its research agencies in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, despite the union concerns that relocation from the nation's capital has left the agencies critically understaffed and lacking vital expertise....

Correction: Hemp Growing Rules story

Oct. 30, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In a story Oct. 29 about new federal agriculture rules for hemp growing, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Greg Ibach is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's undersecretary for farm production and conservation. He is the USDA undersecretary for marketing and regulatory...

Maine says hemp industry poised to grow under new USDA rules

Oct. 30, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's agriculture commission says a new federal hemp growing program will make it easier for the state's hemp industry to grow. U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday that rule changes mean qualified growers will be eligible for programs including...

1st of many federal broadband grants announced in Tennessee

Oct. 18, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced on Friday the first of many federal investments targeting the creation of critical broadband internet infrastructure in underserved rural areas across the country. Perdue visited the West Tennessee city of Halls to announce a $2.85...