South Dakota honored to host Secretary Perdue

For an hour Thursday South Dakota farmer David Poppens hosted U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to conduct a Q&A with farmers and the South Dakota congressional delegation. Poppens – who farms near Lennox, in southeastern South Dakota – at first worried about the time the event would take from harvest, but he soon warmed to the idea.

“For the Secretary of Ag we can bust out a couple of hours,” Poppens told Brownfield Ag News after the secretary had left and the hubbub died down. “It worked out that they could come about 9 o’clock in the morning, and I said ‘that’d be perfect’ then at least in the afternoon if we needed to do something we could, so it all worked out.”

Poppens says the secretary talked about how the trade dispute with China has resulted in the U.S. seeking export deals with several other countries to make up the difference.

“This will be better for us in the long term or long run that we can have more partners to buy our product it’ll be better for us,” Poppens said Secretary Perdue told the audience.

In what little time he had with Perdue one-on-one, Poppens tells Brownfield he was impressed with the secretary’s personality and knowledge of production agriculture.

“I could sit down with him anytime and we could talk farming for quite a while and I think we’d have a great conversation,” he said.

Secretary Perdue also toured the POET ethanol plant at Chancellor, South Dakota  a few minutes from Poppens’ farm.

AUDIO: David Poppens (7 min. MP3)

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