Miércoles, 22 Noviembre, 2017

Senate Confirms Ex-Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue As Agriculture Secretary

Bob Robbie and Leah Maass ready equipment for planting season on their farm near Ellsworth Iowa Bob Robbie and Leah Maass ready equipment for planting season on their farm near Ellsworth Iowa. Amy Mayer Iowa Public Radio
Eleena Tovar | 26 Abril, 2017, 15:41

The order comes shortly after the President announced the USA will put a tariff on Canadian soft wood imports in response to the neighbor to the North's longstanding tariff on diary products that hurt American farmers.

Others at the roundtable included Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and farmer Bill Northey, NC Commissioner of Agriculture and farmer Steve Troxler and former California Secretary of Agriculture and farmer A.G. Kawamura. The vote was 87 to 11. With the country facing challenges and opportunities on issues requiring veterinary expertise, such as animal health, animal welfare and public health, having strong veterinary leadership at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is more important than ever. It also means protecting risk management programs during a weak economy, and beginning preparations for the next farm bill.

"(And) just like America's farmers and ranchers, I know Secretary Perdue isn't afraid of a hard day's work". Perdue is expected to be sworn in as the 31st secretary of agriculture on Tuesday. "We strongly urge the administration to move quickly in filling these positions".

Plains Cotton Growers also applauded the confirmation.

National Pork Producers Council President Ken Maschhoff calls Perdue the kind of leader the pork industry, and the entire livestock industry, needs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

By the end of his first 100 days, President Trump will have taken more executive action than any other president since World War II. Perdue also had served as a member of NGFA's Country Elevator Committee in the early 1980s.

"NPPC and America's pork producers look forward to working with Secretary Perdue".

Sen. Jon Tester endorsed Perdue on the Senate floor prior to the vote.

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 faces few obstacles after a collegial confirmation hearing last month before the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Some in the agriculture community say the measure will hopefully get immigrants back on the job and home-grown food back on America's table.

During Monday's remarks to the Senate, Chairman Roberts noted six former secretaries of agirculture representing presidents from both parties voiced support for Perude, along with 700 agriculture and food industry groups.