US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was in Pella Monday afternoon (4/29) touring the Vermeer plant. Perdue was pleased with the way Vermeer has continued its productivity after a tornado last July did major damage to the campus.
“This is the best of America here. What people like the Vermeer people do is pick up, they don’t wait for people to come help them, but many people did, fortunately. But they just get it done. They plan, they have the people and the spirit to recover and that’s what we’re going to see happen here.”
Perdue also spoke about the US/Mexico/Canada agreement and how it is an improvement on the old North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. Perdue’s trip to Iowa also included a visit to the Corteva Agriscience Mendel Greenhouse in Johnston.