Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue Confirmed as New Secretary of Agriculture

"The USDA and farmers and ranchers in South Dakota and around the country will be well-served by Sonny Perdue's experience as a farmer, successful agribusinessman, and long-time public servant, He understands the challenges faced by farmers and others in the agriculture community because he's worked the land himself". The Trump administration has proposed cutting $4.7 billion from the department's 2018 budget, or 20 percent of its discretionary spending.

"During his tenure as governor of Georgia, Mr".

Nebraska lawmakers in Washington, D.C. are sharing their support for Perdue's confirmation. "I congratulate Governor Perdue on his confirmation today, and I look forward to working with him in the future".

The Senate has confirmed Sonny Perdue as its Ag Secretary.

"And that's one market that has been very good to corn farmers in the state of IL, and we'd like to see that continued", Guebert said. "As Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue's agricultural business background and experience as governor will serve the US well", the trade group said in a statement.

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Heitkamp pushed Perdue at his hearing about the need for USDA to provide timely wetland determinations for North Dakota farmers, and to guarantee that conservation compliance requirements don't hurt producers-as Heitkamp has long pushed for.

Perdue was nominated for the post in January, but Senate action was held up while he made adjustments in his business holdings to comply with ethics requirements.

In his new position as Secretary of Agriculture, ABC News reported that Perdue will be in charge of 100,000 employees and US food and farm programs.

Clements: Moore says one of the first things for Agriculture Secretary Perdue is meeting with President Donald Trump and a group of farmers at the White House, including AFBF President Zippy Duvall.

Agriculture relies heavily on seasonal and casual labor, and farmers are concerned tough immigration rules could make it harder to find workers while raising costs. NMPF looks forward to working with Secretary Perdue and his staff at USDA to improve the tools available to dairy farmers to help manage the economic and natural risks they face. It's clear that Secretary Perdue is going to be a key part of the President's trade team. Senior Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer of NY and Dick Durbin of IL voted 'yes'. Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand of New York State was the only member of the Senate Agriculture Committee to vote against him.

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