Senate Confirms Sonny Perdue as Agriculture Secretary

by Dwayne Torres April 25, 2017, 13:16

Before serving two terms as governor of Georgia, Perdue served in the Georgia state Senate.

The executive order, according to Ray Starling, special assistant to the President for agriculture, will require the task force, led by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, to produce a report for the President in 180 days on the impediments to farming in the United States. Since exports are a major source of US farm income, producers are looking to Perdue to advocate for their needs in trade talks.

"I look forward to working with him to continue developing smart agricultural policies that support both Kentucky and our country".

The White House is expected to give Secretary Perdue the running room to name his own team, but some of these appointments are more pressing than others. "Governor Perdue's leadership is desperately needed by farmers, families and all Americans who rely on the USDA".

Although Perdue has received considerable support in the Senate and from agricultural interest groups, ethics watchdogs have raised concerns about his agro-business holdings.

Perdue will also be part of the administration's response to a dispute with Canada's dairy industry, which has a new lower-priced classification of milk product that Trump says is harming USA producers in dairy states like Wisconsin and NY.

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President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday to create a task force designed to promote agriculture and rural prosperity in America. Perdue will oversee the nation's farm and forestry programs, as well as the USA nutrition programs.

Johnson, Baldwin Vote to Confirm Perdue as USDA SecretaryWisconsin Ag Connection - 04/25/2017It's not often that Wisconsin's two U.S. Senators vote in line with one another. The former classroom teacher served on Trump's agriculture advisory committee during the 2016 race and is also a cousin of Sen.

"As Agriculture Secretary, Governor Perdue will be a strong voice for our nation's farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses, and an effective leader for this important department". Perdue's home state of Georgia accounted for just 2 percent of total US agriculture exports in 2015.

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Throughout our nation's history, our farmers, ranchers, and business owners in rural America have survived drought, disease, floods, tornadoes, and whatever else Mother Nature throws at them.

United Fresh Board member Bill Brim of Lewis Taylor Farms of Tifton, Ga., said, "I've known and worked with Sonny Perdue for many years, and I know what a dedicated public servant he is. We are confident he is the right man for the job at hand".


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