Trump Formally Picks Perdue As Agriculture Secretary

Trump Formally Picks Perdue As Agriculture Secretary

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump officially announced Sonny Perdue as his choice for secretary of agriculture on Thursday, selecting a former Georgia governor over candidates from the Midwest states that dominate U.S. agricultural exports, according to an article on Reuters.com.

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Perdue, who was on Trump’s agricultural advisory committee during his presidential campaign, has yet to be confirmed in the post by the Republican-led Senate.

He served two terms as Georgia governor from 2003 to 2011. Before that, he was a state senator, representing a rural swath of the state about 100 miles (160 km) south of Atlanta.

“From growing up on a farm to being governor of a big agriculture state, he has spent his whole life understanding and solving the challenges our farmers face,” Trump said in a statement. Trump takes office on Friday.

At least one Midwestern Senator raised questions about Perdue’s preparedness.

Senator Chuck Grassley, a Republican from the top corn and soybean state of Iowa, tweeted: “I’m interested in how Midwest ag will have a seat at the table.”

Key issues facing the agricultural community include trade and immigration. Georgia accounted for just 2% of total U.S. agriculture exports in 2015. Ranking 15th among all states in the value of its agricultural production, it generated $9.122 billion in commodity receipts, according to USDA data. Iowa ranked second with $27.674 billion. California is top, with $47.008 billion.

Read the full story on Reuters.com.

 

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Pat Awbrey says:

Your Midwest bias is showing. We are in Alabama, another huge poultry-producing state. Your view that the agricultural world revolves only around exports is a bit silly. There is much more to ag than corn exports. I don’t know what kind of Secretary of Agriculture Mr. Perdue will be, but at least he might explore other options besides rewarding the monoculture monoliths.