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The son of a farmer from Bonaire, Ga., he will be the first Southerner in the post in more than two decades.
USDA officials need to keep farmers at top of mind as they go about daily business, Perdue said.
Perdue earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine and has had a long career operating family agribusiness and transportation companies.
Perdue served as a state senator in Georgia before being elected governor in 2003 - the first republican governor in 130 years.
Thank you again for your willingness to serve as Secretary of Agriculture and congratulations on your confirmation. Trump also proposed cuts to the State Department and Environmental Protection Agency.
According to his bio from USDA, it was the family farm which shaped Sonny Perdue.
"That is a problem, a constant issue for agriculture that is not new", Starling said. We are confident that Secretary Perdue will be a productive and forward-thinking guide for these conversations.
"There are compromises to be made, and President Trump says he is a deal-maker, so, hopefully, Mr".
Agriculture relies heavily on seasonal and casual labor, and farmers are concerned tough immigration rules could make it harder to find workers while raising costs. "He has a proven track record for effective governing and a reputation as a dedicated public servant.
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Farming is a tough way to make a living, '" said Starling. "Perdue proved he possesses the experience and expertise to lead in this pivotal role", Sen.
He has assured nervous farm-state senators that he'll advocate for rural America, even as the Trump administration proposes deep cuts to some farm programs. He also promised to reach out to Democrats.
Still, Perdue, 70, is getting a late start on the job.
"Rural America is the economic backbone of our country, and it's too true that small towns are continuing to struggle to recover from the recession", she said during the March hearing. "It is good to have someone at the table fighting on behalf of rural America, and I look forward to working with Secretary Perdue as we develop a strong farm bill that improves the lives of America's farmers and ranchers", said House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway in a written statement. The current measure expires in 2018.
He also visited Cuba, China and South America as part of several trade missions aimed at growing exports for Peach State farmers.
The much-delayed appointment - the last announced Trump cabinet post, announced just a day before the January 20 inauguration - has prompted some to express concern that President Donald Trump has made a low priority of the rural and farm interests credited with his victory in November.
The White House is expected to give Secretary Perdue the running room to name his own team, but some of these appointments are more pressing than others.
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