"You people are going to be so prosperous and hire more people", Trump said after his White House roundtable discussion with farmers and signing the order.
Sonny Perdue's father was, however, a farmer from Bonaire, GA.
The action on the Senate floor April 24 centered on the vote to confirm Perdue's nomination.
"I know he will put the needs of farmers, ranchers and others in rural America first", Roberts said. And for much of that designated time, the Senate floor was empty. The U.S. dairy industry claims Canada unfairly lowered the price of its own "ultra-filtered" to reduce American imports.
Mr Perdue may also find himself in the uncomfortable position of defending agriculture in an administration that has so far given the issue limited attention, despite Mr Trump's strong support in rural areas.
"We're hopeful that we'll have some good Midwestern people, if not some really good Nebraska people", Nelson said. Perdue succeeds former USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack who stepped down after leading the agency for eight years during the Obama administration. "President Trump's budget proposal makes it clear that rural America is not a top priority for his administration". Perdue and his family were in the Senate gallery during the vote. Notables to vote against the nomination were Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand of New York State was the only member of the Senate Agriculture Committee to vote against him.
100,000 employees and the nation's food and farm programs will be under his supervision, including agricultural subsidies, conservation efforts, rural development programs, food safety and nutrition programs. "He understands the impact farm labor shortages, trade agreements and regulations have on a farmer's bottom line and ability to stay in business from one season to the next".
Following Perdue's confirmation, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor said, "We congratulate Secretary Perdue on his confirmation to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture and look forward to working with him to advance the biofuels industry and move American agriculture forward". That is absolutely critical as rural America struggles against the largest 4-year percentage decline in net farm income since the start of the Great Depression.
All this comes as Trump tries to crack down on illegal immigration to the USA, an issue that could leave many farms short-staffed due to their reliance on foreign - and sometimes, undocumented - workers.
"The list of issues facing our industry is long, but we stand ready to work with Secretary Perdue and his staff to ensure USA cattle producers are provided a fair and competitive marketplace", says the United States Cattlemen's Association.
"As Governor, Perdue signed a law that blocks local governments from regulating crop production or animal husbandry, raising concerns that as Secretary of Agriculture he could gut regulations that protect independent farmers, workers and consumers". There are still more than 200 political appointments at USDA yet to be made.
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