Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue speaks at World Ag Expo

says trade, labor and regulations are biggest concerns for farmers

Tulare, Calif. - Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visited the Central Valley Tuesday.

Perdue spoke during a town hall at the opening day of the World Ag Expo in Tulare.
Valley congressmen Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, and Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, were in attendance as farmers, activists and business owners expressed their concerns about trade, labor, regulations and water.

They both said Perdue is the man for the job, and they believe he will fight for Valley farmers in DC.

"I'm here in California to really try and learn about the vast diversity and the expanse of California Agriculture," said Perdue.

Perdue shared his opinion on the labor shortage Valley farmers are facing, as more and more undocumented immigrants stop going to work for fear of deportation.

"I'm hopeful that a legal agricultural workforce can be part of a comprehensive immigration bill coming up," said Perdue.

He also spoke about the drought.

After five years of scarce rain, the state had substantial rain last year, but finds itself once again desperate for water.

"The president talked about infrastructure yesterday and water is included in that, said Perdue. "I'm hopeful, that

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