Farm leaders pleased with confirmation of Perdue as agriculture secretary

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue was confirmed as the 31st secretary of agriculture, and leaders of the nation’s and state’s largest agricultural organizations are pleased with that pick.

perdue“Farm Bureau heartily congratulates Secretary Sonny Perdue on his new role leading our nation’s agriculture department,” said Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “We are eager for agriculture to finally have a seat on the president’s cabinet, and we know Secretary Perdue is just as eager to get to work for farmers, consumers and rural America.”

Perdue governed Georgia for two terms from 2003 to 2011. Raised in a farm family, he holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine. As governor, he took conservative stances on immigration and voting rights. Georgia is home to 42,000 farms.

“Secretary Perdue is a longtime friend to me and farmers across Georgia, and soon to the millions of men and women across our county who feed and clothe our nation. He is a real-world farmer himself and knows the business inside and out,” said Duvall, who also hails from Georgia. “He understands the impact farm labor shortages, trade agreements and regulations have on a farmer’s bottom line and ability to stay in business from one season to the next.”

The day Perdue was sworn into office, President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence held a roundtable discussion on trade, immigration and rural infrastructure with Perdue and 14 farmers and ranchers.

“Not only was President Trump receptive to our concerns, but he pledged action,” Duvall said. “He even looked toward Secretary Perdue and said, ‘Let’s get these problems fixed.’”


UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Feedback from buyers: “Got the Book in the Mail Saturday, and could not put it down! Great read and great photography as well! Love all of the books I’ve received, but hands down, this is my favorite!” – Russell

Buy here.

augusta free press news
augusta free press news
augusta free press news