Perdue: Stories claiming food shortages misleading

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue tells Brownfield he does not put a lot of stock in stories about meat and food shortages.

“I don’t believe that’s the case,” Perdue told Brownfield Thursday, “and that’s what I’m doing; I’m not whistling through the graveyard, I’m trying to give people the facts as we see them based on the absolute opening of these plants as we see happening.”

In an interview with Brownfield Ag News, Secretary Perdue characterized packing plant closures saying the U.S. has “turned the corner.”

“The worst is behind us,” he stressed. “We are improving on plant closures. That’s not to say we will not have further plant closures absolutely, but we think collectively across the country we are improving day by day.”

Perdue commented following Wednesday’s meeting with President Trump, Vice-President Pence and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, discussing the president’s executive order that packing plants reopen.

AUDIO: Sonny Perdue

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