Disease, Drought, Government: Pick The Existential Threat To Farmers

Disease, Drought, Government: Pick the Existential Threat to Farmers

For the second time in a week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told lawmakers that government is a greater threat to U.S. farmers than drought or disease. And in nearly the same words at two House hearings, he offered the might of the U.S. government to boost farm income through larger food and ag exports.

“People in agriculture used to fear disease and drought as the greatest threats to their livelihoods and their mission of feeding their neighbors and the world,” said Perdue in statements submitted as testimony but not read aloud. “Those hazards remain, but now too often …

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