Ag secy visits East River farmers to offer hope

Calls himself ag's "cheerleader"

CHANCELLOR, S.D. – Between tariffs, a challenging farm economy and Mother Nature, farmers across the upper Midwest have seen better days.

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture was in South Dakota this week, giving family farmers some hope.

Sonny Perdue told East River farmers that he’s agriculture’s “cheerleader.” While he sympathizes with the farmers’ continued struggles, he also encourages them to trust President Donald Trump’s hardball tactics.

Still – the farmers crave relief.

And Perdue agrees, saying farmers need profits to achieve stability.

“While people are still supportive of [Trump’s] policies on trade, making China play fair – and they’re real patriots and supportive in that of the ‘American first’ policies there – they’re still hurting financially.”

U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds says the introduction of year-round ethanol will give South Dakota farmers a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Part of Perdue’s tour Thursday was an ethanol plant in Chancellor.

Story/video courtesy of KDLT
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