Friday, 25 May, 2018

Perdue Confirmed as Agriculture Secretary

Ellis Copeland | 03 May, 2017, 02:54

The executive order, according to Ray Starling, special assistant to the President for agriculture, will require the task force, led by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, to produce a report for the President in 180 days on the impediments to farming in the US.

"The USDA has been without a secretary for too long, but we are confident that Secretary Perdue will bring strong leadership to the department", the NCGA said. His extensive background in agriculture, business, and government make him an excellent choice to run a federal agency that affects millions of Americans.

"Perdue will take office as farm prices have been down for several years in a row and some parts of the industry, including cotton and dairy farmers, say they need the department and Congress to rewrite agricultural policy to help revive their business. Kentucky should have a strong influence in Washington for years to come".

During his confirmation hearing in March, he assured farm-state senators that while advocating for rural America he will also be sure to reach out to Democrats. Tester launched a Farm Bill Listening Tour past year, and has held multiple town hall meetings with Montana producers. At the hearing, Perdue endorsed Heitkamp's bipartisan bill to expand US agricultural exports to Cuba by lifting private financing restrictions on exports-a bill Heitkamp pressed Perdue on when they met earlier this year.

Rural voters contributed mightily to Republican victories last fall, but for three months the department charged with overseeing farm programs and rural development, which has about 90,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $150 billion, has been waiting for a new leader. The Senate confirmed the former Georgia Governor on Monday, but it's unclear when he will be sworn in.

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"The best representative for ag will be Sonny Perdue", said Johanns.

Sasse asked Perdue to advocate for free trade in North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations, requested that he prioritize USA leadership in the Pacific following the administration's withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), immediately begin negotiating bilateral trade agreements, and seek to expand market access and focus on competition rather than escalate trade disputes. Perdue eventually said he would step down from several companies bearing his name to avoid conflicts of interest. Being a businessman, [The president] will take that information that they give him and hopefully put it to very good use so that our agricultural market will become productive, " says Abraham.

"That is a problem, a constant issue for agriculture that is not new", Starling said, adding "It is perhaps more pressing now".

"United Fresh congratulates Secretary Perdue on his confirmation today by the full Senate".

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