President Donald Trump gave Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue a happy birthday Thursday when he signed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 with many members of the agricultural community in attendance.
“Mr. President, it is a great birthday present not only for me, but for all of agriculture, to give the producers, the ranchers, and farmers across America the peace of mind,” said Perdue. “Going forward, they can make their plans in 2019; make their lenders and bankers proud of what they can plan for.”
President Trump said, “With the passage of the Farm Bill, we are delivering to the farmers and ranchers, who are the heart and soul of America, all sorts of things that they never even thought possible. We are ensuring that American agriculture will always feed our families, nourish our communities, power our commerce, and inspire our nation.”
Listen to remarks at the signing here: Remarks by Pres. Trump and Secy Perdue at farm bill signing
Among those privileged to witness the farm bill signing was Mick Henderson, general manager of Commonwealth Agri-Energy in Kentucky and past chairman of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), who says the new farm bill gives his ethanol plant owners some certainty going forward.
“Our business is 100 percent farmer-owned,” said Henderson. “Just crop insurance is critical for a farmer trying to handle the risk and that means a lot to our farmer owners.”
Henderson talks about the importance of the farm bill and the year that corn farmers and ethanol producers have had in this interview.
Interview with Mick Henderson, Commonwealth Agri-Energy, on farm bill signing