Perdue Believed to Bridge Southern Ag, High Plains Divide

February 2, 2017 02:55 PM
Sonny Perdue

It appears President Donald Trump’s ag department nominee, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, is generating a lot of excitement with former and current members of Washington.

On Tuesday, Perdue’s predecessor former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack gave his nod of approval for Perdue, saying he understands Perdue’s commitment to farmers and ranchers.

Thursday on AgriTalk, Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Ks., sang Perdue’s praises. On Wednesday, the two conversed, leaving Moran “impressed with [Perdue’s] love, passion, and care with rural America.”

There has been speculation and hesitancy to Perdue’s nomination, particularly from Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Ia. Before the announcement of the ag secretary nominee, Grassley tweeted the next head of the USDA should be from “above the Mason-Dixon line.”

Moran said this sort of debate has arisen in the Senate: Midwest vs. South, southern agriculture vs. high plains, peanuts and cotton vs. corn and wheat. He believes Perdue is the one who can bridge the divide.

“I have no doubt this will be a secretary of agriculture that understands we cannot afford to be divided,” said Moran.

Some of Trump’s cabinet picks have come under scrutiny and have been met with resistance, mostly by those in the Democratic party. Moran thinks Perdue’s hearing, which has yet to be formally scheduled, will be “one of the milder, easier confirmations to occur.”

“It seems this one will not generate concern, animosity, or political fights the other hearings have,” said Moran.

Hear why he “despises” what’s going on with cabinet hearings and his thoughts on Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, on AgriTalk with Mike Adams above.

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