Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Discusses USMCA Trade Deal…

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue discusses the U.S. Mexico-Canada trade agreement and the positive impacts for U.S. farmers with increased open markets.

About two-thirds of the way through the interview the national FEMA alert message was tested.  Secretary Perdue cracks me up: “I get those presidential alerts in a different way”…

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90 Responses to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Discusses USMCA Trade Deal…

  1. calbear84 says:

    “I think my wife could say that too…she didn’t get the best deal but she did OK!”

    Liked by 15 people

    • fleporeblog says:

      That was absolutely incredible! I bet his wife will have a few words for him and a big fat kiss. She and Sonny did well for each other.

      I love what he had to say about our President’s negotiationing style. He is willing to walk away! The power of doing so in negotiations is extremely powerful. The other side realizes you can’t be influenced by lobbyists and politicians within your own party. Canada 🇨🇦 more than Mexico 🇲🇽 realized our President wasn’t bluffing.

      Our farmers are incredible patriots. They understand that feeling a little pain today will be well worth it in the very near future. Japan 🇯🇵 is going to have to give a lot on the deal we reach. Just like South Korea 🇰🇷, they have to pay for everything our President has done with North Korea 🇰🇵. Our farmers are going to be one of the biggest beneficiaries. At this time, Japan 🇯🇵 doesn’t take our meat. That will go by the waste side.

      That deal will be finalized shortly. Afterwards, the European Union 🇪🇺 will be on the clock. They will be negotiating with 25% tariffs on all cars, trucks and parts imported into our country.

      Liked by 13 people

      • CorwinAmber says:

        Felice, my man! Ya know I loves ya, but what the heck is a “waste side”? Methinks ya meant “wayside”, but between youse and me (a guy from Queens and a mick from Joisey) I knows whatcha mean! Keep on MAGA!

        Liked by 4 people

      • JohninMK says:

        US farm exports have a big non tariff problems in many markets, like Japan and the EU. Their consumers don’t want your beef stuffed full of hormones, chlorine washed chicken and GM crops. So regardless of any high level inter Government deal, if there are few willing purchasers there will be few sales.

        Liked by 3 people

        • KLJ says:

          Well, let’s give it a try and let the consumers choose – right??
          But, first we need to get rid of the barriers to allow consumer choice! Then we focus on giving the consumers what they want.

          Liked by 2 people

        • MAJA says:

          The market will adjust and produce products the customer demands. This will be good for everyone. Another U.S. regulation that harms people but benefits agricorps. it’ll be a great thing when those regulations and protections (of agricorps) that act as trading barriers are removed.

          Liked by 1 person

        • TarsTarkas says:

          Most of those content barriers are effectively subsidies of domestic producers. GM crops especially. I’m sure that our negotiators see that and will demand that they be removed or greatly reduced in number.


        • JoAnn Leichliter says:

          But let the consumers decide for thrmselves whether they want to consume our ghastly, toxic frankencrop products . Okay?


          • Dutchman says:

            Here in the southwest, there are many raising hormone free, grass Fed beef, without hormones, antibiotics, etc.

            Costs more, but ya get what ya pay for, so we certainly have producers capable of producing what these markets want, if that is what they want.

            Liked by 2 people

            • billygoat65 says:

              Grass fed beef is by no means the best beef.


              • Dutchman says:

                Wasn’t saying it was, just saying let economics, not govt. regulations decide. I know the arguments for corn fed.


              • G. Combs says:

                Grass fed beef has more conjugated linoleic acid.

                For L-carnitine (L-CA) you can’t beat goat meat. Found in high concentrations in heart and liver tissue, in the mitochondria, L-Carnitine helps transform fats into energy.

                Species and muscle differences in L-carnitine levels in skeletal muscles based on a new simple assay.
                Shimada K1, Sakuma Y, Wakamatsu J, Fukushima M, Sekikawa M, Kuchida K, Mikami M.
                Author information

                We have adapted the enzymatic method [Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 176 (3) (1991) 1617] for the safe and rapid assay of L-carnitine (L-CA) in skeletal muscle using a microplate reader. The concentration of L-CA in fresh semitendinosus muscle from
                broiler chicken, 0.69
                pig, 1.09
                beef cattle, 1.86
                deer, 3.57 to 4.57
                horse 4.95
                goat muscle 11.36
                and μmol/g wet weight, respectively….

                Sorry, I did not keep the URL for that study in my notes.


              • Response to billygoat65– Like x 1000! MAYBE grass fed beef could be somewhat healthier; MAYBE!!! But, as far as taste, there’s nothing like beef with a 90 day corn-fed finish! SO much better flavor and tenderness!


        • Stillwater says:

          I’m wondering when Trump is going to remove the legislative boot off the neck of small farmers and cottage industries. Laws are written in favor of large agribusiness to eliminate competition for them. Joel Salatin and others have written a lot about this.

          Liked by 1 person

      • VickiTw says:

        Flep, I love how our president uses the threat of tariffs to get a good deal for America. He had the auto tariffs hanging over the Canadian’s heads and now he will use that threat in dealing with the EU. I believe other countries are beginning to understand that he doesn’t bluff and act accordingly. I absolutely love how the tariffs for steel and aluminum remain intact.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. bluesky says:

    nice interview. The ‘domino’ effect is extremely descriptive and I like how the reporter asked about Trump’s negotiation style without getting antagonistic or defensive. The other point I like is that the Secretary of Agriculture isn’t in his own box, but grasps the big picture. Perdue sees that intellectual property is one of the biggest issues we have with China.

    Trump has brought in a team of big picture, big idea, America-first professionals. After watching an interview like this, I just have to send a prayer up thanking the good Lord for His election interference.

    Liked by 14 people

    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “I just have to send a prayer up thanking the good Lord”

      1Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
      2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

      3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
      4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
      5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

      Liked by 6 people

    • Paqul Killinger says:

      Now it’s our turn to keep him on top!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Dutchman says:

      Omg! That’s what the dems got wrong, and why their TEA is so severe!

      It’s NOT ‘muh russia’ as in RUSSIAN interference in election,..

      It’s muh GOD, and since they don’t BELIEVE in God, it’s driving them batsh*t crazy!
      Making them not know what they know,.. (in their hearts).


  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    ““I get those presidential alerts in a different way”…”

    I tried to save mine by not clicking “OK”, but it would not let me access other functions on my phone until I clicked the “OK” and then it disappeared.

    I should have taken a picture of it with the tablet, but did not think of that until now. My tablet is synced to the phone, so if the message is on that I can take a picture of it with the phone.


  4. TreeClimber says:

    What did the alert say? Mine was a simple “This is a test.”

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Publius2016 says:

    better deal for farmers auto workers and businesses! can we get an Amen?

    Liked by 2 people

  6. tvollrath66 says:

    Lil tidbit about Sonny. He was the first republican governor elected in Georgia since the Reconstruction.

    Liked by 7 people

  7. Dallavise says:

    Not a perfect fit, but can someone explain to me how exactly we closed the NAFTA loophole? I know Can/Mex can’t sign a new trade deal w/o our approval, but I don’t understand actually how China is now prevented from skipping Tariffs.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Southpaw says:

      Rules of origin

      Liked by 2 people

    • pgroup says:

      We dumped NAFTA and replaced it with USMCA. Details are in the agreement which I have not read.


    • osugagal says:

      NAFTA only regulated trade across the 3 countries, not what any of the 3 countries could do with non-NAFTA counties. An item produced in Mexico, Canada, or the US was to be treated as a domestic product in the other two countries. We had stiff tariffs with China on steel, auto parts, autos, etc. So instead of shipping directly to us and being subject to tariffs, China would ship to Canada or Mexico who would then make some small change/addition to the product and ship to the US. Because the shipment was from a NAFTA country there was no tariff. China was able to indirectly ship/sell in the US tariff free. Under new agreement, the 3 countries are now a trade block (like the EU) and will essentially have the same agreements and tariffs (or at least approved agreements) with other countries. Also the amount of US/Can/Mx content and labor that is required in a finished product to be considered “made in US/Canada/Mexico” and therefore be tariff free in any of those countries increased substantially to the point where the item would truly be from one of those countries instead of predominantly from China.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. tvollrath66 says:

    Liked by 5 people

  9. bour3 says:

    “I have to point out, forgive me Mr. Secretary…”

    No. Not forgiven. She didn’t have to point that out. She just thinks she had to. She’s not a serious journalist. She’s not even interested in the subject at hand. So easily distracted. She’s rude, and for small insignificant interruptions. Just as the man was getting interesting.

    And just as I was woken by the most obnoxious sound on earth. For a #%*&@ test. Then again on my television. MY television, MY cell phone, MY internet service not government’s television, phone and service. This is not what I pay a fortune for internet service. I do not appreciate MY devices being overruled by government at their whim, their constant whim, their constant obnoxious testing with ear-splitting obnoxious alarms. I am not their subject, rather, they are my employees, now leave me alone and get off my lawn.

    It’s always some threat of flash flooding in some remote county every time it rains, even though I have no intention of driving. Always some parent abused of their custody taking their own children back. Always something none of my business, yet there they are blowing their vuvuzela into my ear, disrupting my serene zen-like peaceful tranquility. I could KILL them without compunction.


    • GB Bari says:

      Something tells me that when this particular alert goes off for real you’ll absolutely want to know why and what information it conveys or what it directs you to do.

      This is not the regional weather service alerts or regional amber alerts for missing children or whatever (not that those aren’t important for those affected by the situation).

      Liked by 1 person

    • Bendix says:

      That was a nice rant, bour.


  10. SharkDiver says:

    Was she interviewing someone? I’m always distracted when Trish is on.


  11. Donna in Oregon says:

    Agriculture is going to be hit hard by robotics. There is no way around it. We will not need Mexican farm workers to pick crops. The COOPs can purchase the equipment and avoid the manual labor requirements.

    Build the wall.

    I can see the Commerce Secretary having random car breakdowns and an accounting of the parts to make sure the components are following USMCA.

    We may also see 25% tariffs for violations until 100% compliance has been reached.

    In other words, if the Mexicans and Canadians want to create their parts by stamping Chinese parts with their serial numbers it is going to be hard to do with American steel and aluminum.

    Really good article about Chinese steel and Chinese immigration and US company takeovers:

    Plastic parts and fiberglass? Maybe those will be made in the USA. That way it’s traceable.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      From your link:

      “…As recent as 2015, some Chinese steel companies even added Boron to their steel so they could earn a tax rebate. The problem? Adding the element made welds more likely to crack, and that’s a safety hazard for construction workers and builders!…”

      Some welders have mentioned here at CTH earlier this year that there is a BIG difference between welding steel made in USA and that imported from China.

      “….Chinese steel doesn’t have to go through the rigorous testing that American steel goes through. It’s usually not held up to the same standards, specifications or regulations, and it’s often not quality controlled the same way…”

      Liked by 1 person

      • Atlanta freeway collapse?

        Liked by 1 person

      • Teagan says:

        Regarding Chinese quality steel…read, perhaps right here on CTH, that a major component of good quality steel is missing in the Chinese version…one reason it collapses later. That, of course, is what makes it a cheap purchase. Like most things in life…you get what you pay for, in the long run.


        • Dutchman says:

          That’s all right, they’ll just substitute melamine for the component they are leaving out.
          Remember when Japanese stuff was CRAP? But they LEARNED how to produce quality, took about 15 years, and they were producing top quality.

          We’ve been importing CRAP from China, for 30 years, and it’s STILL crap!

          Because their system is INHERENTLY corrupt. Coruption is hard wired into the Chicom system. Hence they will not be able to compete, in a ‘level playing field’, they cannot innovate, and can’t produce quality product, without fundamentally changing the Chicom system.
          And, this is all about CHINA.
          DJT is ‘channeling’, or doing an ‘homage’to Reagan; using ECONOMICS to bring down a COMMUNIST regime, without firing a shot. Just using TRADE, instead of weapons systems.
          It is said RR KNEW the US would prevail, when he learned Russia lost 50% of their wheat crop, EVERY YEAR, because they didn’t put tarps on their grain trucks. For everyone involved, “not MY job!”
          Corruption and ineffientsy are INTRINSIC to Communist systems.
          Big picture, what DJT is setting up, like Reagan, is to FORCE China to compete toe to tie with US.
          Cause it’s we win, you lose, every time.

          Liked by 1 person

      • litlbit2 says:

        Also check stainless steel. Railroads only use USA stainless. As a example your SS tub in your clothes washer will rust. Heck the price difference in SS grills.


  12. Butch Cassidy say Nalpe job email exposed. You are in the wind in an easy find.

    MARK my words.


  13. Reloader says:

    I was out of town and not keeping up. I was told that President Trump caved to Canada on Sunday night before the deadline.
    That is not true, is it? This Trump does not cave, was my first thought. Maybe they were talking about some other trump …


  14. One Copy solved.

    As SD uncovered. on the 16th, 19th date exchange on the FISA. There is not one copy of the FBI report on Kav.

    There are plant copies to track the lying and leaking. Trust me. THERE IS ONE REAL COPY.
    There is a fake copy. The copy management is controllable. Only verbally shared copies will be tracked. This is a very easy trap. We are led by retards.


  15. MILupper says:

    Happy Warriors best describes Pres.Trump and his team. Sonny Purdue, Mnuchin, Ross, Lighthizer, Sara Sanders, Pompeo and all the rest.
    They all have a smile and confidence in Pres.Trump but more importantly the people of the USA.
    Dream Team!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Motzilla says:


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  17. Rawkstar says:

    Whew. Thanks for the Trish clip. Dig the zipper front top. My apologies Treepers. I feel like Gunny when he’s watching Maria Bartiromo. She is on fiyahhh.


  18. Summer says:

    Can anyone tell me whether that 300% tariff on dairy is still there?


  19. Jeanne Marie says:

    BREAKING: Rep. Jackson Lee intern arrested in doxxing of GOP senators during Kavanaugh hearing:


  20. Vaquero says:

    Purdue is a disaster. While the new agreement helps dairy farmers, it does absolutely nothing for cattle producers and beef is the largest single segment of American agriculture.

    Some 17% of domestic beef consumption is imported product, much from Canada. COOL–Country of Origin Labeling–in the new agreement would have prevented fresh beef and cattle coming in from Canada and Mexico, being processed her, and having a USDA grading label slapped on the final product, thereby deceiving the consumer.

    Cattle producers were given nothing in the new deal. The 4 meat packers–who process 85% of the cattle in this country–received what they wanted: no COOL, thereby allowing them to continue to outsource product and pass it off with the USDA grading label as though it were a domestic product.


    • White Apple says:

      I don’t know what you are complaining about. Beef cattle prices are very good. In fact many dairymen are selling what would be a future milk cow for beef because beef prices make it better than keeping the animal for milk.


      • Dutchman says:

        And, methinks “it is all in the side letters”, and unless I missed it, S.D. had her to do his “granular analyses” of USMCA, ……YET.
        How much adjustment is there, how much wiggle room, but given the boss, and who he’s for negotiating, I’m not gonna get concerned, yet.


      • RedBallExpress says:

        I sold a bull calf this morning for $0. He wanted to pay $10; I said skip it. Most likely the buyer will shoot it because it did not weigh 90 lbs. Only the very best are being raised since there are razor thin margins.


      • vaquero says:

        Where did you get the idea that beef prices “are very good?” On a per head basis, a mid 5-weight steer calf today brought $940. Back in early 2015, the same calf brought $1,600 and then the market crashed. By early 2016, that calf was bringing just over $800, about half what it was worth the year previous.


    • GB Bari says:

      Does sound like a potential problem and out of sync with the America First theme.
      Wife and I resolved the source problem by buying only very local beef (in my county) from the local butcher shop. They raise their own grain-fed *and* naturally grazed cattle and hogs (no growth hormones or antibiotics) and slaughter them nearby. It’s a small-medium operation, the prices are maybe 10% above food store prices but the quality is 50%-100% better. We won’t buy meat from the corporate food stores.

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  21. Ed conroy says:

    She is one beautiful woman


  22. Bendix says:

    I know our president likes it, so shhh… nobody tell him that I hate that USMCA name.
    Oh, well, as the song goes, you can’t always get what you want, etc.


  23. MS Idaho says:

    And could we PLEASE know the country of origin for meat (and other ag products) That way we CAN choose


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