Smooth Confirmation Hearing for Perdue
March 24, 2017

The long-awaited confirmation hearing for the next Secretary of Agriculture was held on Thursday, March 23. In a brief and overall positive hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue discussed issues of bolstering agricultural trade, the importance of a robust food safety program and his commitment to better forest management, specifically in the west.

"Agriculture is in my heart, and I look forward to fighting for the producers of America," Perdue told the committee. "I will absolutely be an advocate and a fighter, where necessary."

Perdue, who wore a tie with tractors on it and often drew on his experience of being raised on a farm in Georgia, promised to be a strong and tenacious advocate for America's farmers and ranchers and USDA's chief salesman around the world. He pledged to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Trump administration's top trade negotiators to ensure strong trade deals that benefit America's farmers and ranchers.

Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (Kan.) expressed intention to proceed quickly with a committee vote and swift confirmation by the full Senate, although he stopped short of committing that action would take place before the Easter recess.