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Calling for Secretary Perdue’s resignation

Calling for Secretary Perdue’s resignation

The agriculture secretary hasn’t done enough to support farmers, Rep. Markwayne Mullin says

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer

A Republican congressman is calling for major changes at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“I’m sorry, but it’s time for (Agriculture) Secretary Perdue to step down,” Rep. Markwayne Mullin, a beef producer who has represented Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District since 2013, said in a social media post on Friday.

Part of Mullin’s reasoning for asking Secretary Perdue to resign is due to his response to perceived price gouging in the beef sector.

Cattle prices are low for producers, yet meat packers are selling at high prices.

The USDA should take action to prevent meat packers from taking advantage of producers, Mullin said.

“Something should be done about it and done about it now,” he said. “Because we’re messing with people’s livelihoods.”

Mullin further called for Perdue’s resignation in a separate social media post on Sunday.

The Small Business Administration distributed about US$349 billion from the US$2-trillion COVID-19 stimulus package to small businesses in about two weeks, but farmers haven’t received any payments, he said.

“Not a single direct payment through the department of ag has went to a farmer or rancher,” he said. “Not a single payment. Farmers and ranchers are businesses too. They employ people and they also feed us.”

USDA is currently working on the Farmers to Families Food Box program.

Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, USDA will purchase and distribute US$3 billion in fresh produce, dairy and meat. has reached out to USDA for comment.

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Like everyone else in the world, Covid 19 has forced Sonny into uncharted waters. While some may have valid points of discussion, there is not compelling reasons for him to step down at this time. Sunday afternoon quarterbacks seem to always be right from their recliner, but if they were actually in the game it may not be so easy to call the plays.
Keith Dilts |May 20 2020 2:06PM
As a shareholder in a corporate farm in two Midwestern states, Secretary Purdue is the best of President Trump's cabinet choices. However, America's farmers have been short changed by the Trump administration and been made the whipping boy/weapon against China for the last two years plus. President Trump has thrown 50 years of Chinese marketing our soy bean market out the window with his tariff policy. It will be at least a decade before the U.S. farmer can regain this market with the progress of Brazil and Argentina. Thank you President Trump! Wake up fellow farmers and make the appropriate choice this November to get honest, truthful and visionary leadership.
David R. Meek |May 20 2020 11:16AM
I haven’t heard much from Purdue throughout all of this when farmers are going through tough economic times he jokes abut us being in a basement We have gone to work everyday trying to provide Food and fiber for those who are also going through tough times we have no control over the markets and the cattlemen are being overlooked at this time by letting the packers dictate the price if you wanr farmers to be here for the next generation Purdue you better wake up
Rick moss |May 20 2020 10:07AM
My brother and I agree. If there is a petition, we will sign it. We've had enough of this mismanagement.
Jeffrey M Augustine |May 20 2020 9:26AM