After Long Wait USDA Secretary begins Work

  • After Long Wait USDA Secretary begins Work

After Long Wait USDA Secretary begins Work

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. "Secretary Perdue will bring an agricultural perspective that is closely aligned with Kentucky's interests".

Heitkamp pushed Perdue at his hearing about the need for USDA to provide timely wetland determinations for North Dakota farmers, and to guarantee that conservation compliance requirements don't hurt producers-as Heitkamp has long pushed for.

Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert hopes Perdue is aggressive in securing and opening up foreign markets for Illinois agricultural products, especially in Mexico and Canada through NAFTA, a trade agreement Trump has criticized.

President Trump will sign the executive order after a meeting with 15 farmers from across the country.

Perdue had received the support of ranking Senate Agriculture Committee Democrat Debbie Stabenow of MI.

The Secretary of Agriculture, in coordination with the other members of the Task Force, have 180 days from the order to submit a report to the President, through the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, with recommendations for policy changes. The former Georgia Governor is expected to be sworn into the position today, though the White House has yet to confirm.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway commended the confirmation and said that Perdue is a friend to the U.S.ag industry.

Many agriculture industry groups and politicians were pleased to see Perdue approved as the leader of the Department of Agriculture.

"The USDA needs a champion who will support small family farmers, food safety standards and healthier food - not another shill for big agribusiness", Finck-Haynes said. The USDA is also responsible for the nation's food stamp program. "I look forward to working with Secretary Perdue to address our country's broken immigration system to ensure certainty for both our growers and farmworkers".

Sasse asked Perdue to advocate for free trade in North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations, requested that he prioritize US 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.