NPPC: Perdue 'very good' for USA agriculture

Posted April 25, 2017

Former Gov. Sonny Perdue will become the first-ever Georgian to lead the sprawling Department of Agriculture after the Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm him to the Cabinet Monday evening.

"The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) thanks Senator Klobuchar and Senator Franken for voting for Governor Sonny Perdue's confirmation as the next U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary of Agriculture", said MFBF President Kevin Paap.

With Perdue's confirmation, the last two Trump Cabinet-level nominees awaiting Senate confirmation are Alexander Acosta for labor secretary and Robert Lighthizer for USA trade representative.

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The Department of Agriculture is made up of 29 agencies and offices, and it employs almost 100,000 men and women that work in all 50 states and around the globe. "Last week's budget proposal made it clear that rural America is not a top priority for this administration". But right now, our ag communities are facing some major challenges-for example, Minnesota dairy producers are trying to dig out of an terrible price slump that's being exacerbated by unfair foreign trade practices.

These same producers need a strong market for what they produce.

"The strength of Minnesota's economy depends on the strength of our agriculture industry and the almost 75,000 farms across Minnesota". "He'll be very good for America's farmers and ranchers". I've heard time-and-time again that costly and hard-to-understand regulations have and are endangering the ability of our producers to stay in business.

His main task over the coming year will be working with Congress and coordinating his department's input on the next five-year farm bill.

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"Kentucky has a strong heritage of agriculture, which plays an invaluable role in our economy". Starling said "many farmers, were you to interview them, would say many of their problems came from other agencies".

Perdue, who governed Georgia for two terms in 2003 and 2011 as the first Republican governor in a century reportedly impressed Trump with his "experience in public office and the private sector", according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

Perdue has the wide backing of farming and agriculture groups in Georgia and beyond, and the only limited opposition was among some environmental groups.

Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said Perdue will help facilitate recovery in small American towns.

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During his confirmation hearings, Perdue told concerned senators that he supports numerous programs that could be cut by Trump's budget, particularly those that focus on agricultural research and rural infrastructure development.