The Senate is scheduled to vote next Monday, April 24th, to confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as the next Secretary of Agriculture. And many in agriculture are anxiously awaiting Perdue’s arrival at the department. After months of waiting and delays, American Farm Bureau Federation executive director of public policy, Dale Moore, expresses the relief of many in agriculture that Perdue is finally about to take the reins at USDA.
Moore says until now, USDA’s career staff has had to fill roles that should be filled by political appointees, something he says they deserve a lot of credit for.
But it’s Perdue who will have the heaviest ‘lift,’ as the government’s key advocate for producers, at a time when Congress has started work on the next farm bill, and with the Trump Administration proposing a 21 percent cut in USDA spending.
(From the National Association of Farm Broadcasters)
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