Senate confirms UGA alumnus Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

Senate confirms UGA alumnus Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

"Having endured months of the current farm crisis and drastic policy changes in Washington without a Secretary of Agriculture, family farmers and ranchers are relieved that Sonny Perdue has finally been confirmed to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture".

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. "It is good to have someone at the table fighting on behalf of rural America, and I look forward to working with Secretary Perdue as we develop a strong farm bill that improves the lives of America's farmers and ranchers".

A source close to the process told The Albany Herald that Perdue is to be sworn in as secretary early Tuesday at the U.S. Supreme Court. During this critical time, the importance of trade for the agriculture industry can not be overstated.

I urge my colleagues to join in bipartisan support for Sonny Perdue's confirmation as Agriculture Secretary.

It also fills a gap that troubled some crop and livestock producers across USA farm states, which heavily factored into Mr. Trump's electoral victory in November. Today, however, producers from across the country are facing tough economic times with multiple years of low prices. Last week, I traveled across the state and made several stops to talk with ag leaders and local farmers about what's on their minds, including the next Farm Bill, a strong Renewable Fuel Standard, preventing another avian influenza outbreak, and of course, ongoing threats to the dairy industry. Here's what you need to know about the person now in charge of many the nation's farm and food policies. "He is a real-world farmer himself and knows the business inside out", said American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.

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The US Senate on Monday easily confirmed Sonny Perdue, the son of a farmer, as the next secretary of agriculture, filling one of the few remaining vacancies in President Donald Trump's cabinet after a long delay.

Senators voted 87-11 on the former Georgia governor's nomination, readily hitting the simple majority needed to approve President Trump's pick.

"Based on my conversations with Gov. We are confident he is the right man for the job at hand", Duvall said in a written statement.

A formal swearing-in ceremony for Perdue, likely to be held later this week, will officially recognize Perdue as the 31st Secretary of Agriculture. USA farmers rely on existing export markets for much of their livelihood, and they deserve access to new markets wherever it makes sense.

Awaiting Mr. Perdue is the worst farm-economy slump in decades, with U.S.net farm income projected to fall for a fourth consecutive year to $62.3 billion, half the record $123 billion farmers earned in 2013, according to USDA projections.

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