Georgia is the top broiler-producing state in the US.
Perdue is a qualified veterinarian from a farming family and used to run small businesses in the agriculture sector. His appointment elated the National Farmers Union (NFU).
“Given the challenging state of the farm economy, more than ever, family farmers and ranchers need a champion in Washington. I am hopeful we will find that champion in Sonny Perdue,” said NFU President Roger Johnson.
“USDA is more than agriculture’s agency; it is America’s agency. We look forward to working with Mr. Perdue and the new administration to create and defend a strong farm safety net and provide meaningful farm policy solutions for producers, particularly dairy farmers and cotton growers, in the next Farm Bill.”
The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) is also optimistic with the upcoming leadership of Perdue.
“The American Feed Industry Association is pleased with President-elect Donald Trump’s latest, and final, cabinet selection… AFIA works with USDA on a broad slate of issues such as trade and implementation of the farm bill. We believe Gov. Perdue’s political and agriculture-related background make him a sound fit for the role,” AFIA said in a released statement.