Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, once again, reiterated his thoughts that the American farmer relies too much on the large-country customers, China specifically. Because when those buyers scale their orders back, for whatever reason, it leaves a big hole in sales. The USDA just awarded $200 million to 57 groups through the Ag Trade Promotion Program.
“To help find other markets for our products around the world,” Perdue said. “Anywhere, from Africa to Asia to South America, we’re looking for new customers.”
This money comes out of the program that helps offset loses to farmers because of trade disruptions. Perdue said these funds will be leveraged with money from the private sector to boost export sales of U.S. food and farm products.
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