Sonny Perdue, Former Georgia Governor, was hand selected by President Donald Trump to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture. On Thursday he made a big announcement that he vows to expand global trade. Perdue has already started on meeting to develop relations vital to selling U.S. products abroad.
Perdue announced to the Senate Agricultural Committee that he will intimately shape U.S. trade policy to help benefit the nation and its farmers. One of the Agricultural Chairmen, Pat Roberts, said that he was worried that there were too many cooks in the kitchen and he was worried about the result, but agriculture is a “top” priority.
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From The Hill:
As the chief salesman, Perdue said he has heard loud and clear from lawmakers that U.S. agriculture needs access to new markets abroad.“I think trade is really the answer and I look forward to being an advisor and counselor in this administration,” Perdue said.
Lawmakers also pressed Perdue to ensure that farmers, specifically dairy producers, have the workers they need.
In responses to questions from Sens. Kirsten Gilibrand (D-N.Y.) and Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), Perdue said he would make a push for dairy farmers to get year-round not seasonal immigrant workers. More broadly, Perdue vowed to improve the H-2A program, which provides temporary immigrant workers to farmers. “I think virtually every state in the nation is affected by that to some degree,” Perdue said.