The last member nominated to fill the Cabinet of President Donald trump will go before the Senate Ag Committee today. Former Georgia Governor and nominee to becoming US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is scheduled to begin is long awaited questioning at 9 am central time Thursday. Perdue will be introduced by his cousin and fellow republican, US Senator David Perdue, also of Georgia.
The lack of urgency behind Perdue’s nomination raised concerns in rural america, a major contributor to President Trumps Victory. After being the last member nominated just a day before Trumps inauguration, it took another seven weeks for the nomination to become official and all the paperwork to be submitted. Despite that, Perdue is expected to be confirmed fairly quickly. Several major farm groups as well as previous Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack have all endorsed him leaving few major hurdles. His business and professional experience is likely to aid the process. Aside from serving as former governor, Perdue was trained as a veterinarian and also owned several commodity export and trading companies. His ethics paperwork states he will unwind himself from involvement in Perdue Management Holdings LLC and Perdue Business Holdings Inc.
If confirmed, analysts caution Perdue’s job won’t be easy. He’s taking the reins of a industry that has struggled the past few years and is facing the crafting of a new farm bill. Trade disputes and rising rhetoric with major trade partners Canada, Mexico, and China will also be big challenges. Perdue will have to manage all this with a base that feels neglected and a proposed budget that would leave his agency with the lowest discretionary funds since 1988.Share