Agribusinessman, veterinarian, state legislator, and governor of Georgia, Perdue worked on the family farm in central Georgia andn will be only the fourth agriculture secretary who can claim to have been a farmer. "President Trump's budget proposal makes it clear that rural America is not a top priority for his administration".
Representatives of the animal agriculture industry voiced support for Perdue's confirmation, echoing their overwhelming support for Perdue's initial nomination in January.
"NPPC and America's pork producers look forward to working with Secretary Perdue". Secretary Perdue's experience as an exporter and governor leading trade missions will be invaluable as this administration pursues trade policy.
"And that's one market that has been very good to corn farmers in the state of IL, and we'd like to see that continued", Guebert said. Perdue eventually said he would step down from several companies bearing his name to avoid conflicts of interest. In August 2016, Heitkamp began laying the groundwork for a robust 2018 Farm Bill with a two-day tour across North Dakota, meeting with farmers, ranchers, researchers, and other agriculture leaders in the field to get their feedback ahead of the upcoming Farm Bill negotiations. "As Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue's agricultural business background and experience as governor will serve the USA well", the trade group said in a statement. Perdue's home state of Georgia accounted for just 2 percent of total USA agriculture exports in 2015.
Trump on Tuesday will meet with members in the agriculture industry including the Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Zippy Duvall, the president of the American Farm Bureau, and various farmers and ranchers to discuss the issues facing the industry.
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Perdue will also be part of the administration's response to a dispute with Canada's dairy industry, which has a new lower-priced classification of milk product that Trump says is harming USA producers in dairy states like Wisconsin and NY.
Many farmers are relying on Perdue to revive their businesses as they are suffering a downturn in the market.
"Because no one benefits from a trade war and unfair trade practices, it is imperative to seek the continual breakdown of trade barriers so that the free movement of goods can take place", Sasse said.
During the signing, President Trump commented on the current trade dispute with Canada over dairy product pricing. Debbie Stabenow, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, said in a statement Monday.