Farm Bureau and Grain & Feed Association Urge Senate to Confirm Perdue as Ag Secretary Before EasterTue, 04 Apr 2017 03:48:17 CDT
The American Farm Bureau Federation and National Grain and Feed Association today joined in calling on the U.S. Senate to confirm Sonny Perdue as the 31st agriculture secretary this week before beginning a two-week spring recess on April 7.
The Senate Agriculture Committee, in an overwhelming bipartisan vote on March 30, approved recommending confirmation of the former two-term Georgia governor to the full Senate.
“U.S. farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses - and the consumers we serve - need the strong, capable leadership at USDA that Gov. Perdue will provide,” the AFBF and NGFA said. “He is a dedicated, accomplished, innovative, problem-solving and proven public servant, and we need him at the USDA to begin addressing a backlog of policy issues that are awaiting his attention and to begin the process of filling key positions within the department. It also is vital to have Gov. Perdue engaged fully within the administration and with Congress on international trade, farm bill and regulatory issues affecting U.S. farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses.”
This past Friday, Farm Bureau was also one of fourteen farm groups pleading with Senate Leadership to move on the Perdue Confirmation this week- "The Department of Agriculture has been without political leadership for over two months, longer than nearly every other Cabinet - level agency. The list of key domestic and international iss ues that need to be addressed by the Secretary and his team is long and growing , particularly given the troubling economic conditions in rural America. In addition, it is important to U.S. farmers and ranchers that USDA be at the table as the Administrati on considers recommendations on FY-2017 appropriations and on the FY-2018 budget."
Perdue has the bipartisan support of six past agriculture secretaries, the AFBF and NGFA noted, as well as the support of nearly 700 agriculture groups from across the nation.
Source - American Farm Bureau Federation
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