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USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue To Visit MSU Tuesday

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U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will kickoff a three-state tour Tuesday with a visit to Michigan State University.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will kick off a three-state tour Tuesday with a visit to Michigan State University.


Perdue will meet with students and faculty at the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources research lab Tuesday morning.  Later he’ll visit a pork processing plant and a produce business in Coldwater. 


Pork is likely to be a hot topic during Perdue’s visit.  On Monday, China imposed a 25% tariff on U.S. pork in response to the Trump administration’s tariffs on aluminum and steel. 


Beijing also set a 15% duty on certain fruits, including apples.  That could also hurt Michigan, the nation’s third largest apple producer.


The secretary’s visit to MSU begins at 8:30 a.m. 


After his stops in Michigan, Perdue will tour nearly a dozen sites in Ohio and Kentucky.




Kevin Lavery is a general assignment reporter and occasional local host for Morning Edition and All Things considered.
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