Friday, 20 October, 2017

Trump signs order aimed at growing USA agriculture industry

Craig Ferguson | 27 April, 2017, 02:53

Republicans in the Senate are calling on newly-confirmed agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue to support agriculture trade in President Donald Trump's administration. "(The department) is so broad, so vast, so deep and so meaningful to so many people.

"America's noble farming tradition stretches back to our earliest days", Trump said. "We get to participate in that ... and that's an awesome responsibility". "We look forward to continuing our long standing partnership with USDA and working with incoming officials to identify burdensome regulations and other barriers that make it hard for independent grocers to grow their businesses and ultimately create jobs in the communities they serve". That's why I'm so confident that he is the right person for the job.

"Making sure that Americans who make their livelihoods in the agriculture industry have the ability to thrive will be one of my top priorities".

Perdue's new position gives him oversight of the country's farm, nutrition and rural development programs, as well as roughly 100,000 employees.

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While his own business activities were extensive enough to hold up his nomination, Perdue is not in any way affiliated or related to either the food company or the poultry producer that also go by the Perdue name.

"We do believe that in these rural communities the best thing we can do to make them grow quickly and economically is to focus on agriculture because it is the number one driver in these rural communities", Starling said. "That begins with strong trade policy and continued investment in renewable fuels".

"(And) just like America's farmers and ranchers, I know Secretary Perdue isn't afraid of a hard day's work". "Although there is much to be done, we are optimistic that he is up to the task", the NFU said. Being a businessman, [The president] will take that information that they give him and hopefully put it to very good use so that our agricultural market will become productive, " says Abraham. Current farm policy expires next year, and lawmakers on the House and Senate agriculture committees will have to find a way to push it through Congress amid heightened partisan tensions and concerns over spending. He fully understands the challenges and opportunities faced by our industry on issues such as regulatory reform, trade, and agricultural labor. "Perdue was an advocate for the supermarket industry and business in general", noted Greg Ferrara, SVP of government relations and public affairs at the Arlington, Va. -based National Grocers Association (NGA), which represents the independent sector.

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