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Farmers Union voices disappointment in Secretary Perdue’s disconnect with family farmers

WFU - As Perdue rips opens rural America’s wounds, farmers get fired up

In an Oct. 1 meeting with reporters at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue tied the current dairy crisis to economies of scales, telling reporters, “In America, the big get bigger and the small go out.”

It might have been refreshing to hear a politician speak so plainly, had the line not been so apathetic that it hit the attending farmers like a kick in the guts.

Farmers Union voices disappointment in Secretary Perdue’s disconnect with family farmers

Darrin Von Rudin

Earlier today, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue said at the World Dairy Expo that he didn’t know if small family dairy farms can survive as the industry evolves. “In America, the big get bigger and the small go out,” Perdue told reporters and farmers gathered to meet him.