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Senate Overwhelmingly Confirms Perdue as Agriculture Secretary

25 April 2017, 01:14 | Nina Hammond

The Senate on Monday approved the latest member of President Donald Trump's cabinet, sending former Georgia Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During his tenure as governor from 2003 to 2011, he declined to place his business interests in a blind trust and regularly came up against the state ethics commission. "He should be a good spokesperson for ag, and that's important as we approach our next farm bill, and as society continues to shift away from the farm".

Perdue's new position gives him oversight of the country's farm, nutrition and rural development programs, as well as roughly 100,000 employees.

"NPPC and America's pork producers look forward to working with Secretary Perdue".

Perdue also takes office since the president released a proposed 2018 budget blueprint that would reduce the USDA budget by $4.7 billion, or 21 percent, over this year's funding levels while eliminating water and wastewater loan programs, the department's statistical capabilities and foreign food aid. Mr Perdue eventually said he would step down from several companies bearing his name to avoid conflicts of interest. "Governor Perdue's leadership is desperately needed by farmers, families and all Americans who rely on the USDA". The U.S. Senate confirmed Perdue's nomination Monday afternoon. While making a stop in Wisconsin last week, President Donald Trump called the Canadian government out for its actions, saying the new trade polices are "unfair" and 'one-sided.' Several Canadian trade groups and the Canadian ambassador to the United States have since pushed back, saying it is not their responsibility to take USA surplus milk off its neighbor's hands.

He will then participate in a farmer roundtable and attend an executive order signing with Trump.

Unemployment rates down in tri-county area
Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has decreased for the third consecutive month, falling to 3.8 percent in March. Education and health services led the way by adding 40,800 payroll positions, a 3.4 percent job growth since March 2016.

Nelson acknowledged hearing some regional-based concerns when Perdue was first named but said he was reassured during a meeting Sasse hosted between Perdue and other Nebraska farm groups.

NCC Chairman Ronnie Lee said, "Sonny Perdue is highly qualified to lead USDA and he can help ensure a strong and viable agricultural and rural economy", said Ronnie Lee, chairman of the National Cotton Council. Perdue's home state of Georgia accounted for just 2 percent of total USA agriculture exports in 2015.

"I'm pleased that the U.S. Senate was able to work in a bipartisan fashion to confirm Governor Perdue", Roberts said.

Throughout our nation's history, our farmers, ranchers, and business owners in rural America have survived drought, disease, floods, tornadoes, and whatever else Mother Nature throws at them. I supported Sonny Perdue because I'm hopeful we can find common ground on these issues, among many others. "Perdue and his long record of public service, I'm confident that he will hit the ground running in his new job", Grassley said.

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