Washington, D.C. -"The Senate has confirmed former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture".
With Perdue's confirmation, the last two Trump Cabinet-level nominees awaiting Senate confirmation are Alexander Acosta for labor secretary and Robert Lighthizer for US trade representative.
In announcing the Senate confirmation of Perdue, Sen. "The nation has gone too long without a leader at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)", Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) President Russell Boening said.
Although he has the same last name, the new secretary is not related to the family that owns Perdue Farms, one of the largest chicken, turkey, and pork processing companies in the United States.
Perdue served as a state senator in Georgia before being elected governor in 2003 - the first republican governor in 130 years.
"With this order, I'm directing Secretary Perdue to work with other members of my Cabinet to identify and eliminate unnecessary regulations that hurt our nation's farmers and rural communities", Trump said before signing the bill in the White House's Roosevelt Room.
Agriculture groups warmly greeted the April 24 Senate vote that confirmed Sonny Perdue as the US secretary of agriculture. We provide the training and development individuals need to advance their careers in produce. Perdue's main task over the coming year will be working with Congress and coordinating his department's input on the next five-year farm bill. "He has a proven track record for effective governing and a reputation as a dedicated public servant".
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The White House hasn't said when Perdue will be sworn in, but he is scheduled to speak to USDA staff Tuesday morning.
David Schemm, president of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), believes Perdue is an ideal candidate for this leadership role due to Perdue's past experience in the ag industry.
"Following his confirmation, Perdue will need to work immediately to address the depressed farm economy, offering assistance to struggling farmers across the country", said Roger Johnson, NFU president.
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture noted Perdue is taking over at USDA "at a time of not only great challenge but of ample opportunity for American agriculture". We particularly look forward to working towards finding solutions for dairy producers, as discussed during the confirmation process.