Ohio's soybean industry, which ranks 6th in the nation, is one of the sectors targeted by China's tariffs. Farmers are concerned about the tariffs because China is one of the top customers for Ohio soybean farmers, a spokeswoman from the Ohio Soybean Council told this news organization this week.
“The president wants me to assure you and others that…we’re going to use the resources of the USDA and the federal government to make sure the farmers aren't victimized," Perdue told Central State student Zachary Huff.
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Perdue did not go into detail about what the federal government would do to shield farmers from tariffs, instead saying “(In) a trade war, you don’t necessarily tell the opponent everything you’re going to do.”
Perdue also encouraged Central State students to pursue internships and careers in agriculture.
“I would love for you young people to look at USDA as a career,” he said. “There are many careers in agriculture that you’re learning here and preparing (for) here.”
Perdue’s visit to CSU was part of a larger tour the secretary is making by RV throughout the U.S. On Wednesday, the secretary visited Lima and Celina and before arriving at Central State on Thursday morning he stopped by Yellow Springs, he said.
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