Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue believes that U.S. farmers will see an immediate response from China regarding commodity purchases once a free trade agreement is signed. Additionally, USDA Barge Analyst comments on the impacts these heavy rains will have on barge traffic on the Mississippi River. May 1 usually ushers in continuous barge traffic, but navigation is currently stopped at several locks.
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