US Secretary of Agriculture visits with Nebraska producers

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CHERRY COUNTY, Neb.-- The new Secretary of Agriculture was in Nebraska Saturday.

Sonny Perdue became the new Secretary of Agriculture on April 25, 2017. He met with Nebraska producers at Senator Deb Fischer's ranch in Cherry County Saturday afternoon.

Some of the producers said this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. They were excited to ask Mr. Perdue questions, as well as voice their comments and concerns.

The group discussed many topics, including trade with China. Last week it was announced that the United States
reached an agreement with China that would allow American beef to be imported into the country for the first time since 2003.

Mr. Perdue said this is a great opportunity for American ranchers, and he is convinced the Chinese won't be able to get enough of it.

"The market is just phenomenal there," he said. "You got a growing middle class in China wanting protein and I'm convinced that when they get US beef in their (diet) they're going to want more of it."

The former governor of Georgia also assured the producers that if they make great products, consumers will buy them and they will be happy.

For a picture of Senator Fischer and Mr. Perdue click here.


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