Trump order aimed at boosting agriculture

He was elected to serve in local and state government, including two terms as Governor of Georgia.

Gov. Perdue was announced by Trump on January 19 - the day before the president was sworn in - as his choice to lead USDA, but confirmation hearings were delayed while the nominee made arrangements with his business holdings to meet ethics requirements. The president's focus on deregulation resonated with farmers and ranchers who chafed under federal environmental and regulatory restrictions that some saw as onerous. "Gov. Perdue's leadership at the Department of Agriculture will be particularly important as the issue of worldwide trade is debated in Congress and by the Administration".

"NPPC and America's pork producers look forward to working with Secretary Perdue". Mr Perdue eventually said he would step down from several companies bearing his name to avoid conflicts of interest. The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union are among the large number of farm groups that have voiced support for the selection of Perdue.

The Senate has confirmed Sonny Perdue as its Ag Secretary.

As tensions between the USA and Canada grow over the dairy trade dispute, the National Milk Producers Federation said Perdue's support of the export markets is critical.

Perdue is now the head of the $140 billion agency, which dictates the nation's farm policy and also oversees the food stamp program. He initially endorsed former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and then former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, but he stumped for Trump across Georgia in the final months of his campaign and served on the president-elect's agriculture advisory board. David Perdue (R-Ga.), who presided over Monday's vote.

On Tuesday, the president "will host a roundtable discussion with farmers and sign an executive order to protect and provide relief for rural America", the official added.

Rep. Adrian Smith said Third District agricultural producers recently made it clear to him they wanted to see Perdue confirmed as soon as possible, "so we can hit the ground running on agriculture policy".

Michael Conaway issued the following statement upon the confirmation of Governor Sonny Perdue as the 31st Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Secretary of Agriculture nominee Sonny Perdue arrives at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S. March 23, 2017. "He understands the impact farm labor shortages, trade agreements and regulations have on a farmer's bottom line and ability to stay in business from one season to the next".

Edenburn said, however, that Perdue is the right man for the job of negotiating with Trump to hammer out trade deals that won't stiff farmers and agribusiness.

  • Marlene Weaver