U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to visit Central Valley farmers Friday


Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, will be in the North Valley Friday.

He will be at the Los Banos Fairgrounds for a Town Hall meeting at 12:30pm.

Perdue was in the valley last year, talking to local farmers in Atwater and in McFarland.

Friday, he’s expected to join congressmen Jim Costa and T.J. Cox.

Perdue will also meet with members of the California Farm Bureau and local farmers.

He is an advocate for the trade war with China.

“President Trump has a lot of respect for farmers and ranchers across this country. He appreciates your patience and he understands it is tough out there,” said Perdue.

A current concern for farmers is that earlier this month, India imposed tariffs on almonds and 27-other products from the U.S.

Those tariffs took effect on June 16th.

They come on top of tariff’s that China placed on almonds last year.

Some valley growers worry if almonds get too expensive, buyers will look for another supplier.

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