FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2019
In Case You Missed It: Secretary of Agriculture Dismisses Concerns of Small Farmers
As President Trump’s trade war continues to hammer rural communities and the agricultural sector, the administration’s callousness was on full display today in Wisconsin.
Apparently, calling farmers whiners wasn’t enough of an insult. As reported in The Washington Post, during a public appearance at the World Dairy Expo, U.S. Agricultural Secretary Sonny Perdue dismissed the concerns of small dairy farmers by telling the crowd:
“In America, the big get bigger and the small go out,” Perdue said. “I don’t think in America we, for any small business, we have a guaranteed income or guaranteed profitability.”
Not surprisingly, farmers in the audience were less than impressed:
“What I heard today from the secretary of agriculture is there’s no place for me.” – Jerry Volenec, a fifth-generation Wisconsin dairy farmer
“Do we want one corporation owning all the food in the country?” – Darin Van Ruden, president of Wisconsin Farmers Union
They are not alone. One Country Project has documented the many failures of President Trump’s policies in rural America, as well as the growing chorus of farmers who are speaking out to defend their way of life.
One Country Project ran a series of billboards in Wisconsin from August 5-11, 2019, specifically highlighting President Trump’s disinterest in protecting the dairy industry. The West Allis billboards read “Wisconsin lost 758 dairy farms in the past year. Vote like your farm depends on it.”