Published: Wed, April 26, 2017
National | By Mildred Castro

Thune, Rounds praise Perdue as new Ag Secretary is confirmed

"(And) just like America's farmers and ranchers, I know Secretary Perdue isn't afraid of a hard day's work".

Former Georgia Governor Perdue is the third agriculture secretary in the history of USDA to live and work on a farm as an adult.

Uniquely qualified as a former farmer, agribusinessman, veterinarian, state legislator, and governor of Georgia, he became the 31st United States Secretary of Agriculture on April 25, 2017.

Senator Perdue said, "I rise tonight to speak briefly about our new Secretary of Agriculture, my first cousin, Sonny Perdue".

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"That is a problem, a constant issue for agriculture that is not new", Starling said, adding "It is perhaps more pressing now". "I voted to confirm Sonny Perdue today because I am hopeful that he will work with us on issues critically important to our state - like defending the Renewable Fuel Standard and guarding against cuts to the USDA, which would undermine job training programs and hamstring our ability to prepare for disasters like the avian flu and droughts".

Democrats surely think so. It also means protecting risk management programs during a weak economy, and beginning preparations for the next farm bill. The Southern businessman-unrelated to and unaffiliated with the owners of food and poultry companies Perdue and Perdue Farms-takes charge of the USDA as the agency faces deep cuts despite an agricultural downturn.

Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat, said Monday that she will vote for Perdue and encouraged him to come to Wisconsin to talk to affected farmers. Pat Roberts, the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said Perdue will help facilitate recovery in small American towns.

Perdue's main task over the coming year will be working with Congress and coordinating his department's input on the next five-year farm bill. The current measure expires in 2018.

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The White House is expected to give Secretary Perdue the running room to name his own team, but some of these appointments are more pressing than others.

"Sonny" Perdue breezed to confirmation Monday as President Donald Trump's agriculture secretary.

"Food is a noble thing to trade", Mr Perdue said. Robert Lighthizer, Mr. Trump's nominee for US trade representative, and Alexander Acosta, nominated to head the Labor Department, still await confirmation.

"The U.S. cotton industry also believes that someone from this country's second largest cotton-producing state well recognizes what is necessary to stabilize the U.S. cotton industry", said Lee, who farms near Bronwood, Ga.

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He also suggested the order is part of a larger concern about domestic output and trade, particularly Canada recently deciding to change its policy on pricing domestic milk, leading to lower prices for products and creating problems for US dairy farmers.

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