With Second Tranche Approved, Perdue Hopes Third Will Be Unnecessary

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced the second round of 2019 trade aid is approved and will be heading to farmers soon. At the same time, he said he is hoping that a third round of trade aid payments to farmers will be unnecessary in 2020 because of a new trade deal with China.

Perdue spoke with reporters last week shortly after returning from a trade mission to Mexico.

Perdue said he expects payments to be out to farmers by late November or early December.

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement was one of the big topics of conversation on the trip to Mexico. Perdue said Mexican officials are hoping Congress will sign off on the agreement as soon as possible. “They’ve done their work, as you know, and they’re anxious for us to complete our task as well,” Perdue said, referring to the delay in bringing up the deal for passage in the U.S, House of Representatives..

Immigration was another topic of conversation with Mexican officials. Perdue is hopeful that the Mexican government will begin a program to pre-certify workers southeast Mexico for the H-2A Program. Southeast Mexico is one of the most poverty-stricken areas of the country.