Perdue Awaits Confirmation Hearing, Gains Support From Ag Groups

January 20, 2017 09:36 AM

On Thursday, the Trump team formally announced former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue would be the next Secretary of Agriculture, ending the longest search for the next USDA head in modern history.

Perdue is the first southerner to lead the department in more than 20 years.

Most main street ag groups like American Farm Bureau (AFBF), National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the National Cotton Council (NCC) have expressed support for Perdue.

The groups say Perdue has broad expertise in the grain business, and is also a trained veterinarian, giving him working knowledge of the livestock sector.

The ag secretary was the last cabinet position named by the Trump administration.

“As we write a new farm bill, the secretary must understand that we are operating in a new landscape,” said Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chair of the ag committee. “Everyone in farm country is having a hard time.”

Roberts went on to say the country needs a secretary who can recall the 1980s and will do everything within their power to make sure we do not return to those conditions.

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