Perdue’s search for money pays off for cotton producers

He did credit the National Cotton Council for “finding a path” for lining up the funding for the program, which could pump several hundred million dollars into the farm economy.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said it took looking under every cushion in every couch at USDA, but he was able to find enough money to fund the Ginning Cost-share Program he announced in his speech at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show in Memphis, Tenn., Saturday (March 3).

Perdue may have only been slightly kidding, given the spending environment in Washington, D.C. these days. He did credit the National Cotton Council for “finding a path” for lining up the funding for the program, which could pump several hundred million dollars into the farm economy.

After his speech, the secretary spent two and a half hours touring the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show and then visited the farming and ginning operation of Richard Kelley and his wife, Charlotte in Burlison, Tenn. Perdue talked with dozens of farmers and industry members while on the Gin Show floor.

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