Months After Nomination, Sonny Perdue Confirmed As Ag Secretary

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The U.S. Senate confirmed former Georgia Gov. Sonny Purdue as the Secretary of Agriculture on Monday, much to the approval of Nebraska's congressional delegation. "Perdue has pledged to be an advocate for open and worldwide markets which is very important right now to our farm income, income projected to be about half of what it was just four years ago". There are many issues facing agriculture that Perdue will need to deal with like a new farm bill, low commodity prices, immigration reform and trade agreements.

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

The Obama administration pushed many programs that directly funded infrastructure projects like broadband access in rural communities, but the Trump administration believes "the best thing we can do economically is to focus on agriculture", which creates the most jobs in rural America, Starling said. He later vowed to step down from his business holding company and restructure his family trusts in order to avoid potential conflicts of interest.

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The nomination makes Perdue the first University of Georgia alumnus to be named to the White House cabinet, according to a University of Georgia press release. I plan to work closely with the new secretary on American trade interests, especially with regard to agricultural exports.

"The list of issues facing our industry is long, but we stand ready to work with Secretary Perdue and his staff to ensure USA cattle producers are provided a fair and competitive marketplace", says the United States Cattlemen's Association.

He will then participate in a farmer roundtable and attend an executive order signing with Trump. "His long-standing ties to major agribusiness and chemical companies have made him out of touch with American values", said Tiffany Finck-Haynes, Friends of the Earth Food Futures campaigner. Perdue before the vote, said he was proud to cast his vote for Perdue, who he noted served as Georgia Senate president pro tem as a Democrat before moving to the Republican Party and winning the governorship.

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Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson voted in favor of Perdue's nomination. I also know that he really understands and appreciates the value of the fresh produce industry to this country. In a statement, Grassley said he has urged President Trump to consider Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey for a senior USDA role.

NCC Chairman Ronnie Lee said, "Sonny Perdue is highly qualified to lead USDA and he can help ensure a strong and viable agricultural and rural economy", said Ronnie Lee, chairman of the National Cotton Council.

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