U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Chief Economist Robert Johansson tour the Consolidated Grain and Barge Co., Riverside loading facility, on May 11, 2017, in Cincinnati, OH. to Secretary Perdue observed the process, sampling, testing, and meet with the people involved with the process from here to delivery to News Orleans for export. Earlier he announced the creation of an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), a recognition of the ever-increasing importance of international trade to American agriculture. Perdue made the announcement standing by barges filled with agricultural products along the banks of the Ohio River. As part of a reorganization of USDA, Perdue also announced the standing up of a newly-named Farm Production and Conservation mission area to have a customer focus and meet USDA constituents in the field. Finally, Perdue announced that the department’s Rural Development agencies would be elevated to report directly to the secretary of agriculture in recognition of the need to help promote rural prosperity. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.