Sonny Perdue sworn in as 31st US Secretary of Agriculture



US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue joined President Trump for a Farmers Roundtable at the White House to discuss American agriculture. That may have had something to do with it, but I like to think that Perdue may have gotten a word to the president about the errors of his ways to completely withdraw from NAFTA.

"It shows that I do have a very big farmer base, which is good", Trump told the Washington Post.

President Trump recently ramped up discussions on NAFTA by implementing a 20% tariff on soft woods from Canada as a retaliation for Canada's protectionist trade practices related to ultra-filtered milk.

During the roundtable, the president signed an executive order establishing an interagency taskforce on agriculture and rural prosperity.

Perdue, who was confirmed by a vote of 87-11, will lead the interagency task force.

The newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will unveil a new school meal program during a visit to Loudoun County Monday. He has owned several agricultural businesses, but isn't related to or affiliated with the food company Perdue or the poultry producer Perdue Farms. President Donald Trump had said on the campaign trail that the United States would be getting out of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. 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.

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He said it would be up to DCFS to determine custody issues. "I honestly feel the whole thing was a big waste of time". Ackerson said the mother still has the two other children but that they are no longer staying at her Joliet home.

Perdue's policies as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture will be guided by four principles which will inform his decisions.

As agriculture secretary, he is in charge of around 100,000 employees and the nation's food and farm programs, including agricultural subsidies and conservation efforts, food safety, research and rural development programs for small towns.

After Perdue, remaining nominees for Trump's Cabinet to be confirmed are Robert Lighthizer for USA trade representative and Alexander Acosta for labor secretary.

- Determining it is in the national interest to ensure farmers, ranchers, and families in rural America are not hindered by unnecessary regulation.

Jaspers says he has no meetings scheduled yet with Perdue, but jokes that Perdue needs to stay at home and get a little bit of work done in the office, being four or five months behind. There are great opportunities as well, as the USDA works to improve rural broadband and helps to write a new farm bill that is beneficial to both producers and consumers, as well as playing a prominent role in our continuing conversation about food and modern technologies.

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