After months without a secretary of agriculture, former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue confirmed to post

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After months without a secretary of agriculture, the Senate voted Monday evening [April 24, 2017] to confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to the post.

The vote was 87 to 11….

The much-delayed appointment — the last announced Trump cabinet post, announced just a day before the Jan. 20 [2017] 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.

f e imageIn part to address that concern, the president is expected to sign an executive order on Tuesday [April 25, 2017] promoting agriculture and “rural prosperity,” and will hold a roundtable discussion with some farmers at the White House.

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Agricultural commodity industry associations from cotton to chickens reacted mostly favorably to the Perdue nomination although some were disappointed that it took so long for the then-president-elect to make his selection. … Perdue would come into office following some lean years for the nation’s farmers who have seen a 50 percent drop in net farm income since 2013.

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Friends of the Earth, an environmental advocacy group, released a statement reading in part: “The USDA needs a champion who will support small family farmers, food safety standards, and healthier food — not another shill for big agribusiness.”

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The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: Sonny Perdue is confirmed by the Senate as the next agriculture secretary

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