WASHINGTON (Press Release) — Today, Secretary Sonny Perdue, will make his first international trip as Secretary of Agriculture.
According to a news release, Secretary Perdue is traveling across the northern border to Toronto and is scheduled to meet with Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay. He will meet with with other Canadian officials as well. On the table for discussion is priority agricultural issues regarding both Canada and the United States. Perdue is also expected to participate in the 10th anniversary conference of Southeastern United States-Canadian Provinces Alliance and kick off a two-week-long event showcasing U.S. foods and beverages.
In 2016, the United States exported $20.2 billion of agricultural products to Canada and Canada exported $21 billion of agricultural products to the United States, making Canada and the United States key markets for each other.