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NCBA Believes Having Secretary Perdue on the Job Signals the End for Bad Policy Like GIPSA Rule

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:07:20 CDT

NCBA Believes Having Secretary Perdue on the Job Signals the End for Bad Policy Like GIPSA Rule

It sure took long enough, but the agricultural community is thankful nonetheless to finally have a Secretary of Agriculture in place. Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue was confirmed Monday evening and sworn into office Tuesday morning. Members of each agricultural industry are eager for Secretary Perdue to get started on the work that has been piling up on his desk since former Secretary Vilsack left office, and none more so than the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Colin Woodall, vice president of government affairs, told Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Ron Hays that he is excited about what Perdue brings to the table.

“I think it says a lot that he received 87 votes. That means he not only got the Republicans but a tremendous number of democrats to join on board,” Woodall said. “I think that’s reflective of his skills as a statesman and what he brings to the table as the new secretary. I also think its reflective of the way agriculture policy is handled in this town.”

Traditionally, Woodall says agriculture policy has always been handled largely with bipartisanship. He says the overwhelming vote to confirm Perdue perhaps signals that this attitude will continue during this administration. Woodall hopes this will be the case as he and his team prepare to work with Secretary Perdue on withdrawing the controversial GIPSA rules left by Vilsack’s USDA.

“We have several things we’re going to talk to him on,” Woodall said. “Top of the list, of course, is asking him to withdraw the GIPSA rules. Given the fact he is a farmer himself, I think he will understand this is bad policy and will ultimately withdraw it.”

Listen to Hays discuss with Woodall his thoughts on the new Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, on today’s Beef Buzz.

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