Trump orders Agriculture Dept. to end unnecessary regulations, help farmers

  • Trump orders Agriculture Dept. to end unnecessary regulations, help farmers

Trump orders Agriculture Dept. to end unnecessary regulations, help farmers

Clements: Moore says one of the first things for Agriculture Secretary Perdue is meeting with President Donald Trump and a group of farmers at the White House, including AFBF President Zippy Duvall.

The National Corn Growers Association support the new leader implemented to spearhead the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Perdue was a veterinarian, small businessman, Air Force captain, and state senator for over a decade before being elected governor in 2002 - the first Republican to hold the office since Reconstruction.

Sasse asked Perdue to advocate for free trade in North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations, requested that he prioritize USA leadership in the Pacific following the administration's withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), immediately begin negotiating bilateral trade agreements, and seek to expand market access and focus on competition rather than escalate trade disputes. Perdue's cousin, Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., voted "present" and presided over the vote. AFBF public policy executive director Dale Moore says with the confirmation and swearing in of Perdue, agriculture now has a voice in the new administration. Secretary Perdue will play a critical role working on issues important to the fresh fruit and vegetable industry including the 2018 Farm Bill debate, immigration reform, research, trade, and nutrition.

Secretary Perdue earned his DVM from the University of Georgia in 1971.

"With his wide range of experience as a farmer, businessman, and governor, Secretary Perdue is well-positioned to lead the USDA in helping create more opportunity for USA producers", said Smith.

The American Farm Bureau Federation welcomes the confirmation and swearing in of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. While the order is expected to look at an array of rural development issues - including housing, utilities and broadband access - the emphasis will be on the American farmer, aides said.

Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat, voted for Perdue and encouraged him to come to Wisconsin to talk to affected farmers. It's clear that Secretary Perdue is going to be a key part of the President's trade team.

Perdue is being sworn into his new post Tuesday. Robert Lighthizer, Trump's nominee for US trade representative, and Alexander Acosta, nominated to head the Labor Department, still await confirmation, Market Watch reports.