VANCOUVER, Wash. - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue made a stop at the Port of Vancouver USA today to talk with leaders in port and river-related industries. Secretary Perdue also toured the port’s grain terminal, operated by United Grain Corp., and visited a Tidewater Barge Lines tug and barge at the port’s Berth 4.
“From 465 miles inland into the United States, for our farmer-producers all the way in Idaho (to) ship out of this port… it’s a great advantage to America, really, to have this kind of infrastructure,” said Secretary Perdue.Fifty percent of the nation’s wheat moves from inland farms to international markets via the Columbia-Snake River System. The river system supports thousands of jobs in trade, transportation, recreation and sustainability.
The Port of Vancouver USA moves 10 percent of the nation’s wheat and about 80,000 Subaru vehicles annually, and is the second-largest importer of steel products on the U.S. West Coast. The port’s activities support 20,200 jobs and contribute $2.9 billion in economic benefit to the region.
“It was an honor to host Secretary Perdue at the Port of Vancouver and in our community,” said port CEO Julianna Marler. “We appreciated the opportunity to share the great work happening here on the Columbia River as well as some of our concerns about trade and agriculture, which are critical issues for communities and workers across Washington state.”
Secretary Perdue’s stop in Vancouver was part of his Back to Our Roots Tour, during which he visits communities and farms across the country. He started his Pacific Northwest tour in Spokane on July 2.