Why Ranchers and Farmers Are Cheering for Sonny Perdue
- Author: Bernice Underwood Apr 26, 2017,
Apr 26, 2017, 8:49
"As Secretary of Agriculture, my cousin has a big job".
Washington, D.C. -"The Senate has confirmed former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture".
American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall, also from Georgia, said in a recent editorial that the vote to confirm Perdue was "overdue", adding "there's important work ahead for the agriculture secretary".
Roberts could be seen on the Senate floor, hugging approving Democrats like Sen. Accounting for the ripple effect through the broader US economy, total economic activity attributed to cotton is in excess of $95 billion.
Mr Perdue may also find himself in the uncomfortable position of defending agriculture in an administration that has so far given the issue limited attention, despite Mr Trump's strong support in rural areas.
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The "no" votes came mainly from liberals, including Elizabeth Warren of MA and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Debbie Stabenow of MI, the top Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee.
The National Corn Growers Association released this statement: "The National Corn Growers Association congratulates Secretary Perdue on his confirmation". Our farmers and ranchers would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and share the unique opportunities and challenges that they face as they make Nebraska the breadbasket of the world. Over the coming year, Purdue's main task will be working with lawmakers on the next five-year farm bill.
"Following his confirmation, Perdue will need to work immediately to address the depressed farm economy, offering assistance to struggling farmers across the country".
"The only legacy that I seek is the only one that any grandparent or parent seeks - to be good stewards, and to hand off our nation, our home, our fields, our forests, and our farms to the next generation in better shape than we found it", Perdue said. "We are looking forward to working with Secretary Perdue in his new role leading the Department of Agriculture".
"As agriculture secretary, the 70-year-old Perdue will oversee the country's food and farm programs, while managing a department with more than 100,000 employees".
"He made great strides in food and nutrition, particularly in the WIC program, during his governorship in Georgia, and I know he'll work tirelessly for national improvements while at USDA", asserted Jennifer Hatcher, chief public policy officer and SVP, government and public affairs at Arlington, Va. -based Food Marketing Institute.
Hill and other Midlands farming groups say they have that now in Perdue - and not a moment too soon.