Trump to promote ag technology with Iowa trip

By Philip Brasher, AgriPulse.

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2017 - President Trump heads to Iowa this week to showcase precision agriculture and its benefits to the rural economy, and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will host his Mexican and Canadian counterparts in Georgia.

Trump heads to Cedar Rapids on Wednesday where he will speak on agriculture innovation and visit one of several community colleges that are training young precision ag specialists to serve farmers who are adopting the technology, which allows them to reduce the use of fertilizers and pesticides by targeting them where they are most needed.

Perdue, who will be in Georgia on Tuesday, is expected to join the president in Iowa along with the newly minted U.S. ambassador to China, former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey, who sources say will be nominated as USDA’s undersecretary for farm and conservation programs, also is expected to be on hand.

Perdue’s visit Wednesday in the Savannah area with Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Mexican Agriculture Secretary José Calzada Rovirosa comes as the three countries are preparing to renegotiate the North America Free Trade Agreement at Trump’s insistence.