Perdue confident in bilateral deals with TPP-11 countries

U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says he’s confident the U.S. can make deals with the 11 countries forging ahead with a Trans Pacific Partnership.

President Trump pulled the United States out of the 12-member deal a year ago this week and Perdue says he agrees that the U.S. can do a better job, once those nation’s sign their new agreement in, “We then think we’ll be able to go to those countries on a bilateral basis and be involved in better trade deals, negotiate better trade deals.”

Perdue says U.S. farm and food products enjoy a good reputation and are highly sought by other countries and says that will continue. The “TPP Eleven” deal is expected to be signed in March. And, Perdue says good progress is being made in NAFTA renegotiations, telling reporters he’s confident ag will get a better deal out of a new deal.

Perdue was in Pennsylvania yesterday to unveil the USDA’s priorities for the next Farm Bill.


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