Sonny Perdue Confirmed by Senate as Next Agriculture Secretary; Praised by ARA

27 April, 2017, 02:56 | Author: Priscilla Morrison

Perdue, 70, is a businessman, veterinarian, and former Georgia state senator who served as governor of Georgia from 2003-2011.

Senate Democrats largely backed Perdue, even while criticizing President Trump for proposing a big cut to USDA's budget.

"As governor, he oversaw the economy of one of the top agricultural states in this nation", NACD president Brent Van Dyke said.

Thune said that Perdue had responded well to concerns Thune had voiced at Perdue's confirmation hearing last month, including promises to work with Thune on farm bills, national forest management and "ensuring there is a strong renewable fuel standard", as in supporting ethanol production which is a major part of the demand for corn.

"NPPC and America's pork producers look forward to working with Secretary Perdue".

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Secretary Perdue's upbringing on a farm makes him the right person for the position, says the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).

State Sen. Scott Bennett, D-Champaign, serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee and said his farming constituents supported Trump, but there were some concerns "when you heard about some of the NAFTA changes, where they've been very good for the agriculture community in IL, when you heard that one of the biggest importers of USA grain, Mexico, would not be dealing with us but dealing with Brazil".

Isakson said in a speech on the Senate floor that Perdue's "experience and leadership in public service, business and agriculture will benefit our nation". "We are eager for agriculture to finally have a seat in the president's cabinet, and we know Secretary Perdue is just as eager to get to work for farmers, consumers and rural America", Duval said.

"Finally having a leader at the U.S. Department of Agriculture is vital in making sure farmers, ranchers, and rural communities have a voice in this administration", said Heitkamp. Overall, Perdue will be responsible for all of the U.S.'s food and farm initiatives. "We look forward to continuing our long standing partnership with USDA and working with incoming officials to identify burdensome regulations and other barriers that make it hard for independent grocers to grow their businesses and ultimately create jobs in the communities they serve". Over the coming year, Purdue's main task will be working with lawmakers on the next five-year farm bill. Trump has nominated Florida International University College of Law dean Alexander Acosta, with Republicans planning to put him up to a confirmation vote as soon as this week. Debbie Stabenow, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, said in a statement Monday.

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