Agriculture Offers Strong Support for Perdue

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Agriculture Offers Strong Support for Perdue SHARE Agriculture Offers Strong Support for Perdue Previous articleEthanol Group Pleased with PerdueNext articleVillwock says Ag should be Happy with Perdue for USDA Secretary Gary Truitt Sonny PerdueAgricultural groups in droves announced support for Agriculture Secretary Nominee Sonny Perdue. The Trump administration transition team confirmed the selection of Perdue on Thursday. The announcement drew immediate praise from general farm groups to livestock and grain organizations. Perdue first met with then President-elect Donald Trump in November after the election. Following that meeting, several candidates were considered for the job before Trump came back to Perdue, who must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) said he looks forward to the process. In a statement, Roberts said: “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.” In regards to Perdue, Roberts added: “Together, we must get to work addressing these immediate and future challenges.”Farm Group ReactionsZippy Duvall, AFBF President: “I have known Gov. Perdue for years. I’ve seen firsthand his commitment to the business of agriculture as we worked together on issues facing farmers and ranchers in our home state of Georgia. He understands the challenges facing rural America because that’s where he was born and raised. He is a businessman who recognizes the impact immigration reform, trade agreements and regulation have on a farmer’s bottom line and ability to stay in business from one season to the next.”American Soybean Association President and Illinois soybean farmer Ron Moore: “Congratulations to Governor Perdue. USDA touches the lives of every American, and it is among the most crucial government functions for farmers across the United States. For soybean farmers, USDA serves us in so many ways. From working to implement a viable risk management framework to helping expand our markets overseas, to investing in agricultural research here at home, these are critical elements of the farm economy, and we look forward to working alongside USDA under Secretary Perdue to ensure that the department continues to serve American soybean farmers in the most effective manner possible.”Tracy Brunner, president of the National Cattleman’s Beef Association: “Governor Perdue’s an excellent pick to head the Agriculture Department. As a lifelong agri-businessman and veterinarian, as well as the two-term governor of a state where agriculture’s the largest industry, Gov. Perdue has a unique and expert understanding of both the business and scientific sides of agriculture. In a time of increasing regulations and a growing governmental footprint, we have no doubt that Gov. Perdue will step in and stand up for rural America so that we can continue to do what we do best – provide the safest and most abundant food supply in the world.”National Pork Producers Council: “Perdue, who is a veterinarian, was governor of Georgia from 2003 to 2011. Prior to that, he served in the Georgia Senate for 10 years. A part of Trump’s agricultural advisory team, Perdue grew up on a row crop farm in central Georgia and owned agricultural businesses.”National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson: “Given the challenging state of the farm economy, more than ever, family farmers and ranchers need a champion in Washington. I am hopeful we will find that champion in Sonny Perdue.”Jim Mulhern, President and CEO, National Milk Producers Federation: “America’s dairy farmers are looking forward to working with Secretary of Agriculture-designate Sonny Perdue, whose role as the chief advocate for farmers and rural America is absolutely crucial in the new Trump Administration, especially when milk prices have been in a prolonged slump.”The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association CEO Jim Matheson: “Sonny Perdue is an excellent choice to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He is a proven leader with a strong track record of appreciation for electric cooperatives and our mission to enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve.”National Corn Growers Association President and Texas farmer Wesley Spurlock: “Agriculture is the backbone of rural America, and we need strong leadership within USDA to keep moving the industry forward through difficult economic times. That means protecting risk management programs, continuing to grow the renewable fuels industry, expanding foreign markets and increasing demand for U.S. agricultural products throughout the world.”American Feed Industry Association President and CEO Joel Newman: “We look forward to working closely with the new agriculture secretary, assisting him and his staff on animal food-related topics, and how our industry relates to other agriculture sectors and to consumers. This will be particularly important as Congress, the administration and industry come together to draft and enact the new farm bill.”Howard Vincent, president of Quail Forever and Pheasants Forever: “While I’ve yet to meet the Governor, as hunters I’m sure we have commonality in understanding the importance of policies and programs that assist our nation’s farmers and ranchers with meeting resource conservation needs important to the overall sustainability of our agricultural system, while also benefiting fish and wildlife.”Erik Olson, director of the Health Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council: “Perdue’s background indicates he will be a protector of Big Ag interests.  But America needs a Secretary of Agriculture who’s responsive to a host of current concerns, from healthy food production and safe water quality to biodiversity and the impact of climate change.” Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jan 19, 2017 last_img read more