From the U.S. Cattlemen's Association:
Following the announcement of President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President Kenny Graner issued the following statement:From Western Growers:
“USCA commends President-elect Trump on his long-awaited nomination of Secretary of Agriculture. Sonny Perdue led a state with a $74-billion agricultural sector and a robust cattle industry, and we are confident that Mr. Perdue will serve as a strong leader for rural America. Given Mr. Perdue’s veterinary background, we know that we will have a strong advocate for issues related to animal health and welfare.
USCA sent a letter to the Trump Agricultural Advisory Team in December outlining priorities for the new Administration; read the letter HERE.
In response to President–elect Donald J. Trump naming Sonny Perdue as the nominee to head the Department of Agriculture, Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif issued the following statement:The Capital Press' Eric Mortenson and Matthew Weaver gathered reactions from numerous farm and natural resource groups. Their story is here.
“We support the nomination of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture and congratulate him on gaining the confidence of President-elect Trump. Over the course of Governor Perdue’s career, he has proven to be a consummate champion for agriculture and will undoubtedly serve our industry well in this capacity. We look forward to working with the Governor to develop and implement the public policy priorities of the fresh produce industry.
Additionally, we are confident that Governor Perdue will continue the legacy of past secretaries and drive forward other agricultural priorities in areas such as trade, the farm bill, nutrition, research funding and the environment.
On behalf of the nearly 2,500 Western Growers members who collectively grow more than half of the nation’s fruits, vegetables and tree nuts, we congratulate Governor Perdue on his nomination as Secretary of Agriculture and wish him a speedy confirmation process.”