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US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue visits Keeneland on opening day

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue got a first-hand look Friday at Kentucky's signature business: horse racing. 

Perdue got a tour of Keeneland and noted the importance of horse racing to Kentucky's economy. He also talked about a recent conversation with President Trump, when he said Trump has assured him that U.S. farmers won't be hurt by the ongoing trade dispute with China.  

China announced $50 billion worth of tariffs on U.S. products after the U.S. put tariffs on Chinese goods as punishment for allegedly stealing American technology. 

"We've got some authorities within USDA. We'll use every one at our disposal to protect our farmers," Perdue said. "He's told me, 'Sonny, you tell our farmers we're not going to let them be casualties in this trade dispute."

Perdue spent two days in the bluegrass state holding a listening session with farmers. He's also toured a lumber company, sorghum mill and a high school agriculture department in Mount Sterling.

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