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At the hearing, Perdue endorsed Heitkamp's bipartisan bill to expand USA agricultural exports to Cuba by lifting private financing restrictions on exports-a bill Heitkamp pressed Perdue on when they met earlier this year. "With his wide range of experience as a farmer, businessman, and governor, Secretary Perdue is well-positioned to lead the USDA in helping create more opportunity for USA producers", said Smith.

"It also means protecting risk management programs during a weak economy, and beginning preparations for the next farm bill".

"I welcome Sonny Perdue as the new secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture", Bishop, who represents the largely agriculture 2nd District of Georgia, said. The Senate confirmed the former Georgia Governor on Monday, but it's unclear when he will be sworn in.

Trump on Tuesday will meet with members in the agriculture industry including the Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Zippy Duvall, the president of the American Farm Bureau, and various farmers and ranchers to discuss the issues facing the industry.

The complaints generally stem from Perdue's involvement with family business ventures during his time as governor, as the New York Times reported.

Sasse asked Perdue to advocate for free trade in North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations, requested that he prioritize USA leadership in the Pacific following the administration's withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), immediately begin negotiating bilateral trade agreements, and seek to expand market access and focus on competition rather than escalate trade disputes. Although we have some differences on policy, we share a commitment to support American agriculture and strengthen our small towns and rural communities. The former Governor of Georgia will be in charge of leading a federal agency with a $150 billion budget and big issues to deal with on food and agriculture. He is well-qualified to oversee and implement this nation's agriculture, forestry, and food policies. I look forward to working with Governor Perdue as we write the 2018 farm bill.

Conaway said a strong farm program is essential "as rural America struggles against the largest 4-year percentage decline in net farm income since the start of the Great Depression".

Perdue's cousin, Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., voted "present" but presided over the vote and announced the final tally.

A statement on USDA's website provides more information on Secretary Sonny Perdue.

"Our farmers deserve a government that serves their interest and empowers them to do the hard work that they love to do so much", he said. After a three-month long confirmation process, even most Democrats were ready to have a leader at the Department of Agriculture.

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