Published: Thu, April 27, 2017
USA | By Cassandra Hanson

Months After Nomination, Sonny Perdue Confirmed As Ag Secretary

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. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

The new secretary of agriculture will be sworn in on Tuesday.

Sen. Jon Tester endorsed Perdue on the Senate floor prior to the vote.

President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday telling the Agriculture Department to identify and eliminate potentially unnecessary regulations that "hurt farmers and rural communities".

First District Congressman Roger Marahall commented on the Senate confirmation vote. 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. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, praised him by stating that during his confirmation hearing, "Governor Perdue demonstrated a real understanding of the challenges facing the agriculture industry and a willingness to work together to find solutions." Sen.

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He worked as a veterinarian in North Carolina before returning to Georgia to be involved in agricultural and transportation businesses.

Regarding those contributions, Lee noted that farms and businesses directly involved in the production, distribution and processing of USA cotton employ more than 125,000 workers and produce direct business revenue of more than $21 billion.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY also talked to Trump about the dairy issue last week in a rare phone call between the two men.

In a statement before the vote, Tiffany Finck-Haynes of the group Friends of the Earth said Perdue's "long-standing ties to major agribusiness and chemical companies" made him "out of touch with American values".

"I look forward to working with him to continue developing smart agricultural policies that support both Kentucky and our country". The USDA is also responsible for the nation's food stamp program. "I'll also be challenging the new Ag Secretary to strongly reject a plan by President Trump to cut funding for the USDA by more than 20 percent-a move that, if approved, would devastate the American farm economy and put the livelihoods of Minnesota families at risk". The son of a farmer from Bonaire, Georgia, he will be the first Southerner in the post in more than two decades.

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