U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will kick off a three-state tour Tuesday with a visit to Michigan State University.
Perdue will meet with students and faculty at the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources research lab Tuesday morning. Later he’ll visit a pork processing plant and a produce business in Coldwater.
Pork is likely to be a hot topic during Perdue’s visit. On Monday, China imposed a 25% tariff on U.S. pork in response to the Trump administration’s tariffs on aluminum and steel.
Beijing also set a 15% duty on certain fruits, including apples. That could also hurt Michigan, the nation’s third largest apple producer.
The secretary’s visit to MSU begins at 8:30 a.m.
After his stops in Michigan, Perdue will tour nearly a dozen sites in Ohio and Kentucky.