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President Trump makes surprise phone call during Decatur Farm Progress Show

United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue took the stage at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois, Wednesday to discuss the U.S.-China trade war, trade agreements and other problems facing farmers. He was interviewed by long-time agriculture journalists Max Armstrong and Orion Samuelson. Then the president called.

Opinion: Is DOJ throwing Big Poultry on the rotisserie?

About two years ago Maplevale Farms, Inc filed a civil lawsuit against the nation's largest chicken processors – Tyson Foods, Pilgrim's Pride, Perdue Farms, Koch Foods and Sanderson Farms are all plaintiffs – alleging the companies conspired together between 2008 and 2016 to fix poultry prices.

But as Dave Dickey writes, billions of dollars are at stake here. And things are not always as they seem.

For years, complaints about North Carolina’s hog pollution vanished in state bureaucracy

Now officials are posting the complaints online. What changed? This story was originally published on The Guardian. It is not for republication. In September 2016, with Tropical Storm Hermine bearing down on North Carolina, Kemp Burdette rented a single-engine plane and flew over Duplin County.

Secretary Perdue Statement on Japan Agreement

(Washington, D.C. August 25, 2019) - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement regarding the new trade agreement between the United States and Japan:

"Japan is a significant market for United States agriculture exports, making today a good day for American agriculture. By removing existing barriers for our products, we will be able to sell more to the Japanese markets. At the same time we will be able to close gaps to better allow us to compete on a level playing field with our competitors. I thank President Trump and Ambassador Lighthizer for their constant support of America's farmers and ranchers and their hard work negotiating better trade deals around the globe."

USDA Details Trade Damage Estimate Calculations

(Washington, D.C., August 23, 2019) - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of the Chief Economist has published a detailed accounting of how estimated damage from trade disruptions was calculated for its support package for farmers announced on July 25, 2019. USDA's Office of the Chief Economist developed an estimate of gross trade damages for commodities with assessed retaliatory tariffs by China, India, the European Union, and Turkey to set commodity payment rates and purchase levels. USDA employed the same approach often used in adjudicating World Trade Organization trade dispute cases. "Just as we did before, we want to be transparent about this process and how our economists arrived at the numbers they did. Our farmers and ranchers work hard to feed the United States and the world, and they need to know USDA was thorough, methodical, and as accurate as possible in making these estimates.We listened to feedback from farmers on last year's programs and incorporated many of those suggestions into today's programs. While no formula can be perfect in addressing concerns from all commodities, we did everything we could to accommodate everyone," Secretary Perdue said.