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Beef Roundtable: Farm bill hurdles for Sonny Perdue

Secretary of Agriculture won't be an easy job for Sonny Perdue. The newly appointed Perdue will face the upcoming hurdle of developing and ultimately passing a Farm Bill in 2018.

The United States, indeed the whole world, wasn’t quite sure what to expect when Donald Trump took the oath of office of perhaps the most powerful nation in the world. Now, with Trump’s first few months in office behind him, the picture is becoming a little clearer.

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In this four-part series, the Beef Roundtable takes a look at some of the main issues that the Trump administration and the U.S. will face. In Part 3, we look at the issues that new Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue will face, particularly herding a new Farm Bill through the process of being developed and ultimately passed.

To help analyze that question, our two guests share a lifetime of on-the-ground involvement in the Washington D.C. arena.

Our first guest is Steve Dittmer, who has nearly 30 years’ experience in management, marketing, and communications in the beef industry. Currently, Steve is the executive vice president of the Agribusiness Freedom Foundation, which provides information and analysis for food chain participants

Our second guest is Jay Truitt, a longtime Washington insider and principal in the organization Policy Solutions; Motley, Scher, Truitt, a bipartisan government relations and public affairs firm. Jay has served as vice president of government affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and CEO and executive vice president of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and the Missouri’s Cattlemen Foundation.

The Beef Roundtable is a joint production of BEEF and the Animal Science Department at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. In addition to the BEEF website, the Beef Roundtable can be found on iTunes, YouTube and


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