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

Posted April 26, 2017

Perdue did not file his disclosure forms until mid-March, and the Senate panel backed him later that month. "He even looked toward Secretary Perdue and said, 'Let's get these problems fixed'".

"In Georgia, agriculture is one area where Democrats and Republicans consistently reached across the aisle and work together", Perdue said. "We look forward to opportunities to sit down with President Trump, Secretary Perdue, and others in the administration to provide input on how the task force can best serve soybean farmers". The giant, five-year measure covers a range of policies from crop insurance for farmers to nutrition programs for low-income Americans.

The complaints generally stem from Perdue's involvement with family business ventures during his time as governor, as the New York Times reported. "His strong production and agribusiness background makes him keenly aware of US agriculture's critical importance in feeding and clothing this country and the world, powering this nation's economy, and contributing to rural America's well-being".

Perdue will also be part of the administration's response to a dispute with Canada's dairy industry, which has a new lower-priced classification of milk product that Trump says is harming US producers in dairy states like Wisconsin and NY.

Other ag groups also weighed in.

A release from the National Corn Growers Association said, "The National Corn Growers Association congratulates Secretary Perdue on his confirmation". USDA has been without a secretary for too long, but we are confident that Secretary Perdue will bring strong leadership to the department.

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Archer Daniels Midland Co. was among dozens of companies and organizations that signed a letter of support sent to the Senate urging Perdue's confirmation and saying he has a "proven record" of effective governing and dedicated public service.

He was born on a farm and has a degree in veterinary medicine.

Farm groups were quick to respond to the confirmation. "It is important for us to have Perdue's leadership in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and as a salesman for U.S. grown commodities". USDA has gone for more than three years without an Under Secretary for Food Safety, a presidential appointment that is required by law. "Perdue will do his best to fulfill these responsibilities by listening to farmers and families in IN and our country". That begins with strong trade policy and continued investment in renewable fuels.

"The strength of Minnesota's economy depends on the strength of our agriculture industry and the almost 75,000 farms across Minnesota". After the confirmation vote Duvall said in a statement, "Secretary Perdue is a long-time friend to me and farmers across Georgia, and soon to the millions of men and women across our country who feed and clothe our nation".

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.