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U.S. Ag Secretary Visits Delaware State Fair

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HARRINGTON, Del. -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue visited the Delaware State Fair on Monday, visiting a number of young growers and farmers from the region.

Perdue, a former governor of Georgia with no relation to the chicken company prevalent on Delmarva, toured the fairgrounds and stopped by 4-H and FFA exhibits at the event.

During brief comments with reporters, Perdue said burdensome regulation is making things difficult for some farmers.

"When regulations are clear, they're understandable, people relatively comply. When we cloud them, that's when we have compliance issues," he said.

The visit was welcomed by groups like the Delaware Farm Bureau, whose president, Kitty Holtz, said the issue of over-regulation is a constant topic of discussion among members.

"It's just a lot of crossover and layering of regulations and it needs to be cleaned up," she said.

Steve Breeding of Paradise View Farm in Seaford said it's possible to loosen regulations while remaining environmentally sound.

"People think farmers are evil or whatever it may be, but we want to protect the environment," he said. "The land is what we make our money off of so we want to do right by the environment too."

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