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Perdue Explains Why Corn Growers Only Received 1-cent Per Bushel in Trade Aid
USAgNet - 03/05/2019

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue defended USDA's trade-relief payment rates - including the decision to award corn farmers just one cent per bushel - as necessary for the program to be "WTO-defensible," during comments Friday at the annual Commodity Classic in Orlando, Fla.

"I know when these numbers came out, the corn guys said, 'What do you mean a penny [per bushel]? That's insulting,'" Perdue said to an audience including corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers. "The fact is, we had to defend the tariff damages."

According to POLITICO, the USDA chief also took a veiled shot at former OMB Director Mick Mulvaney - now Trump's chief of staff - for holding up a second round of trade aid for weeks.

"Some of our bean-counters in the government wanted me to to continue to delay that second tranche," Perdue said. "Some of them didn't want to give me permission... I finally just said, we're going to have to go see the boss."

After making his case in the Oval Office, Perdue said, "it didn't take 30 seconds" before President Trump sided with the Agriculture secretary.

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