March 23, 2017

Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106

WASHINGTON – Former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue appeared before the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee today for the confirmation hearing on his nomination to be U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Urging a speedy confirmation vote of Mr. Perdue, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement:

“If confirmed, Sonny Perdue will be stepping into a position of great importance within this administration. To this point, agriculture and rural America have not had a seat at the table in this administration.

“NFU is encouraged by the secretary-nominee’s focus on trade, particularly on being a strong advocate for agriculture and easing restrictions on trade with Cuba. Ensuring the administration goes about trade deal renegotiations in a way that both deals with our country’s overall trade deficit and does not adversely affect agriculture’s strong footing in international trade will be very important.

“NFU is also pleased that Mr. Perdue intends on finding an immediate solution for family dairy producers who are struggling amidst years of depressed milk prices. We’re thankful for the Committee’s attention and Mr. Perdue’s commitment to explore options advocated for by NFU and other industry partners.

“We urge the Senate to swiftly confirm Sonny Perdue so that he can get to work on behalf of American family farmers and ranchers.”


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