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Agricultural groups join USDA secretary at closing bell ceremony highlighting importance of agriculture to U.S. economy.

Jacqui Fatka

September 27, 2018

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Secretary Perdue rings closing bell at NYSE

On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). On the podium, Perdue was joined by members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), the National Pork Producers Council, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Assn., the president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, National FFA students and representatives from New York, and four farmers he met while traveling across the nation.

“The farmers, ranchers, foresters and agricultural producers across America contribute a great deal to the American economy,” Perdue said. “I’m pleased to be here today, at the center of our economic activity, with all these people that I’ve met across the country to celebrate the bounty of the American harvest. I thank the New York Stock Exchange for the opportunity.”

NASDA president and New Mexico agriculture secretary Jeff Witte, along with NASDA chief executive officer Dr. Barbara P. Glenn, attended the event. Witte underscored the importance of the domestic and international marketplace to agriculture’s bottom line.

“For us, being here at the world’s largest stock exchange is a time to appreciate the role farmers and ranchers play not only in economic development and job creation across the agriculture and food sectors but also the broader economic health of the United States,” Witte said. “We thank Secretary Perdue for the invitation and for our shared relationship and mutual support with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the viability of this critical sector of the American economy.”

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Renewable Fuels Assn. (RFA) executive vice president Geoff Cooper said he felt honored and privileged to join Perdue at the event on behalf of ethanol producers.

“The event was a poignant reminder that agriculture truly is the backbone of our nation’s economy, and America’s farm families play a pivotal role in feeding and fueling our communities. We greatly appreciate Secretary Perdue’s leadership and vision on a host of economic issues important to rural America,” Cooper said.

He added that RFA is especially grateful for Perdue's efforts to strengthen the Renewable Fuel Standard and secure regulatory changes that allow for the year-round sale E15 and higher ethanol blends. “Both actions would increase demand for agricultural commodities and stimulate economic growth in rural America. We look forward to continuing to work with Secretary Perdue and his outstanding team at USDA to expand value-added opportunities for America’s farmers and grow demand for American-made renewable fuels.”

About the Author(s)

Jacqui Fatka

Policy editor, Farm Futures

Jacqui Fatka grew up on a diversified livestock and grain farm in southwest Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications, with a minor in agriculture education, in 2003. She’s been writing for agricultural audiences ever since. In college, she interned with Wallaces Farmer and cultivated her love of ag policy during an internship with the Iowa Pork Producers Association, working in Sen. Chuck Grassley’s Capitol Hill press office. In 2003, she started full time for Farm Progress companies’ state and regional publications as the e-content editor, and became Farm Futures’ policy editor in 2004. A few years later, she began covering grain and biofuels markets for the weekly newspaper Feedstuffs. As the current policy editor for Farm Progress, she covers the ongoing developments in ag policy, trade, regulations and court rulings. Fatka also serves as the interim executive secretary-treasurer for the North American Agricultural Journalists. She lives on a small acreage in central Ohio with her husband and three children.

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