President Trump Signs Executive Order Promoting Agriculture and Hosts New Secretary of Ag Sonny Perdue and Fourteen Farmers at the White HouseTue, 25 Apr 2017 20:12:07 CDT
Newly confirmed Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue made his debut at the USDA this morning. “I’ve been waiting to see y’all,” he says. “And it looks like y’all have been waiting to see me too, right?”
He told USDA employees and others that American ag needs an advocate to promote its interests in the global market and trade will be a top priority. “One of the challenges I heard as I visited with over 75 Senators was – we need to have a good trade policy,” he says. “Because our producers out there have been so productive we have a lot of stuff we need to sell. And we’re going to sell it – worldwide.”
Perdue says he wants the department to make decisions based on facts and evidence. “That means good sound science – when its present – to make policies based on it,” he says. “USDA does a wonderful job collecting data from all over the world – we want to be data driven. I’m not smart enough to make intuitive decisions – I need good data, I need good sound science to make decisions.”
He says he wants the USDA to be forward thinking and innovative – just like the farmers he serves.
Before outlining his priorities Perdue took off his suit coat and tie, rolled up his sleeves and said he was a farmer first – and he was going to get comfortable before getting to work.
Perdue was sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas, also of Georgia, this morning.
After lunch, Secretary Perdue sat with President Donald Trump at a Roundtable meeting with 14 other farmers- as the President signed an Executive Order Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America. You can read the EO by clicking or tapping here. The picture above is President Trump showing the EO, flanked by Secretary Perdue and National FFA Central Region Vice President Valerie Earley.
Click on the play button in the VIDEO box below to see the complete remarks offered by President Trump as he greeted the 14 farmers and Secretary Perdue to the White House. Click or tap here to read the transcript of the President's remarks.
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