American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said, "We are eager for agriculture to finally have a seat in the president's cabinet, and we know Secretary Perdue is just as eager to get to work for farmers, consumers and rural America".
The Senate confirmed the former Georgia Governor on Monday, but it's unclear when he will be sworn in.
Perdue, who governed Georgia for two terms in 2003 and 2011 as the first Republican governor in a century reportedly impressed Trump with his "experience in public office and the private sector", according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.
The complaints generally stem from Perdue's involvement with family business ventures during his time as governor, as the New York Times reported. He also promised to reach out to Democrats, and several Democratic senators have said they will vote for him. "Perdue has pledged to be an advocate for open and worldwide markets which is very important right now to our farm income, income projected to be about half of what it was just four years ago".
Democrats surely think so. The current farm bill expires in 2018.
Nebraska 3rd District Congressman Adrian Smith of Gering, founder and co-chairman of the Modern Agriculture Caucus, praises the confirmation.calling it "great news for Nebraska agriculture" because Perdue is "well-positioned to lead the USDA in helping create more opportunity for USA producers".
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All this comes as Trump tries to crack down on illegal immigration to the United States, an issue that could leave many farms short-staffed due to their reliance on foreign - and sometimes, undocumented - workers. David Perdue, R-Ga., presided over the upper chamber. Trump has proposed a 21 percent cut in USDA programs and has harshly criticized some global trade deals, saying they have killed American jobs.
At his hearing, he pledged to help senators sustain popular crop insurance programmes and fix problems with government dairy programmes.
"America's noble farming tradition stretches back to our earliest days", Trump said. I also know that he really understands and appreciates the value of the fresh produce industry to this country.
Many agriculture industry groups and politicians were pleased to see Perdue approved as the leader of the Department of Agriculture. The order comes shortly after the President announced the USA will put a tariff on Canadian soft wood imports in response to the neighbor to the North's longstanding tariff on diary products that hurt American farmers.
The White House is expected to give Secretary Perdue the running room to name his own team, but some of these appointments are more pressing than others.