August 28, 2019 –U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says President Donald Trump will take action to soften the effects of oil refinery exceptions for blending corn-based ethanol in motor fuel. Farmers are angry that the Republican administration ordered increased blending of corn-based ethanol in fuel but then exempted small oil refineries from complying. Perdue spoke to farmers and agribusiness leaders yesterday at the Farm Progress Show. He says it was “disappointing” that Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency granted the waivers. Perdue would not say what action President Trump will take but that Trump believes the EPA waivers were “way overdone.” Perdue also sought to ease farmers’ fears of financial problems after China halted purchases of U.S. farm products in an escalating trade war.