Perdue, 70 years old, grew up on a south Georgia dairy farm.

Senate Democrats largely backed Perdue, even while criticizing President Trump for proposing a big cut to USDA's budget.

The former Governor's mission won't be easy.in March, at this confirmation, Perdue had to deal with nervous farm-state senators, upset by Trump's proposal to cut some farm programs.

Nebraska lawmakers in Washington, D.C. are sharing their support for Perdue's confirmation. "We look forward to working with the new Secretary to address issues facing Minnesota farmers and ranchers." . Veterinary leadership at all levels of the USDA is crucial to creating and executing effective policies, and Secretary Perdue's appointment is an encouraging sign that veterinarians will continue to be valued at the agency.

"The only legacy that I seek is the only one that any grandparent or parent seeks - to be good stewards, and to hand off our nation, our home, our fields, our forests, and our farms to the next generation in better shape than we found it", Perdue said. "As Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue's agricultural business background and experience as governor will serve the US well", the trade group said in a statement.

He worked as a veterinarian in North Carolina before returning to Georgia to be involved in agricultural and transportation businesses.

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USDA officials need to keep farmers at top of mind as they go about daily business, Perdue said.

Guebert said the Illinois Farm Bureau is happy that both of Illinois' U.S. Senators, Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, supported Perdue. Perdue has no association with the food company Perdue, nor with the poultry producer Perdue Farms.

A statement from the National Turkey Federation (NTF) said the following: "Perdue understands that agriculture is the foundation of our nation and that, given a strong economic environment; America has an unmatched capacity to help feed a hungry world".

Perdue will also be part of the administration's response to a dispute with Canada's dairy industry, which has a new lower-priced classification of milk product that Trump says is harming USA producers in dairy states like Wisconsin and NY. It's clear that Secretary Perdue is going to be a key part of the President's trade team.

The confirmation of Perdue has also been praised by several industry organizations. Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand of New York State was the only member of the Senate Agriculture Committee to vote against him.


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