After a long period of consideration, Donald Trump has chosen former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to head USDA as AG Secretary.
Perdue has experience in the grain business and as a veterinarian. His executive experience comes from working as Georgia’s first Republican governor since the Reconstruction.
People from the agriculture industry have responded positively to the selection of Perdue. Zippy Duvall, the president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, and Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union, have both expressed approval and hope for Purdue.
Many members of the agriculture industry, including Sen. Debbie Stabenow Sen. Pat Roberts, have stated that they look forward to working with Purdue on a new farm bill. Roberts stated: “As we write a new farm bill, the secretary must understand that we are operating in a new landscape. Everyone in farm country is having a hard time. We need a secretary who can recall the 1980s and will do everything within their power to make sure we do not return to those conditions…”
Tracey Brunner, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, believes that Perdue will stand up for agriculture. The agriculture industry has experienced significant economic challenges throughout the past couple years. Many people hope that the selection of Purdue will lead to agriculture being a priority rather than allowing it to be pushed to the side.