Perdue urges USMCA passage

Perdue urges USMCA passage
Bill Blackorby, vice president of operations of Vermeer Corp., and Vermeer Board Chair Mary Andringa lead U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on a tour of the company’s baler manufacturing plant in Pella.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue last week urged Congress to “put American policy ahead of politics” and ratify the proposed new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

“We’re anxiously awaiting,” Perdue said during a stop in central Iowa, where he toured a Vermeer manufacturing plant in Pella and a Corteva Agriscience greenhouse in Johnston. “It’s important to companies like this. It’s important to farmers.”

The White House and Congress remain locked in a standoff over who needs to bend first in order to secure passage of the trade deal.

Iowa Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst along with other...

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