President Donald Trump has announced his pick for the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture: Former Georgia governer Sonny Perdue. Trump stated, “Sonny Perdue is going to accomplish great things as Secretary of Agriculture. From growing up on a farm to being governor of a big agriculture state, he has spent his whole life understanding and solving the challenges our farmers face, and he is going to deliver big results for all Americans who earn their living off the land.”
In addittion to growing up on a farm, Perdue received his doctorate in veternary medicine and is the owner of several small businesses. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Perdue served on Trump’s agricultural advisory committee.
Trump’s selection of Sonny Perdue comes with an ensorsement from his predecessor, former U.S. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack. Soon after Trump made his announcement, Vilsack released a statement which reads:
“I have had the opportunity to work with Governor Perdue and know how committed he is to all of our farmers, ranchers and producers regardless of size or production method expand markets here and throughout the world. As a former governor, he knows full well the opportunities and challenges that exist in rural communities. He will, I am sure, work hard to expand opportunity in rural America.
“Coming from Georgia he knows the importance of maintaining healthy forests so he will be supportive of the Forest Service in its mission of protecting and restoring our forests. As a former governor he will understand and pay attention to the many and varied interests that depend on the department including efforts to provide all of us and especially our children with safe, nutritious and affordable food.
“Finally, his familiarity with our great Land Grant University system, including Minority serving institutions, place him in a good place to advocate for the work at those colleges and universities in research and the development of the next generation of farmers, ranchers and producers.”