NPPC: Perdue 'very good' for USA 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. "USDA has been without a leader for far too long, and this confirmation will allow forward progress on issues impacting our industry", observed Robert Guenther, SVP for public policy at Washington, D.C. -based United Fresh.

"We are excited to have a Secretary that comes from the industry, understands the complexities of our business, and is willing to stand up and fight for the hard-working men and women in rural America", says Craig Uden, Nebraska cattle producer and president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

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The White House has not said when Mr Perdue will be sworn in, but he is scheduled to speak to USDA staff on Tuesday morning.

"The only legacy that I seek is the only one that any grandparent or parent seeks - to be good stewards, and to hand off our nation, our home, our fields, our forests, and our farms to the next generation in better shape than we found it", Perdue said. "The USDA has played an integral role in this success and we are excited to see Secretary Perdue's plans to continue leading the way in protecting the economic wellbeing of America's farmers, while giving consumers the choice for homegrown biofuels at the pump". He has owned several agricultural businesses. But Perdue told senators he will work to balance those proposed cuts with the needs of small towns and farmers who rely on agriculture.

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Current farm policy expires next year. "Secretary Perdue is a needed voice for agriculture as the new administration addresses issues like trade, regulatory reform, agriculture labor and the next farm bill".

Up first on Perdue's to-do list: smoothing a dairy trade flare-up with Canada. Roberts also noted that, "The Agriculture Committee received many letters in support of his nomination, including support from 6 former U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture representing both Republican and Democratic presidents and another from almost 700 organizations across the agriculture and food value chain". Perdue was President Donald Trump's last Cabinet pick. Trump has nominated Florida International University College of Law dean Alexander Acosta, with Republicans planning to put him up to a confirmation vote as soon as this week. Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand of New York State was the only member of the Senate Agriculture Committee to vote against him.

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