Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue spent time with dairy farmers Tuesday at the World Dairy Expo. During the town hall-style meeting, producers questioned the Secretary about everything from organic certification enforcement to supply management and trade.
As has been his recent pattern, the Secretary opened the meeting with a joke. This one, about milking almonds with robots, hit the audience much better than the last time he was in the upper Midwest.
Paul Adams, an organic dairy farmer, said the market for his milk has been devastated by “large-scale, mega-organic dairies.” Adams alleged those dairies don’t have to comply with the same requirements as his dairy. “How do I get exemptions like the mega-dairies?” Adams asked.