Agriculture nominee Perdue wins Senate approval

Agriculture nominee Perdue wins Senate approval

"The Farmers Roundtable provided the chance for the President to hear directly from the people on the front lines of American agriculture about what they are dealing with every day", Secretary Perdue said in a statement.

Many school nutrition standards now targeted by Republicans were results of former First Lady Michelle Obama's campaign against childhood obesity, according to The Hill.

The Task Force will be chaired by the Secretary of Agriculture and will include various members of the Administration, such as the Secretary of Treasury, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Labor and Secretary of Commerce.

Most worrisome is that it appears that, under Trump and Perdue, the USDA will double down on an industrialized, corporate food and agriculture model that is already failing most farmers and rural residents.

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Trump's Executive Order established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity "to ensure the informed exercise of regulatory authority that impacts agriculture and rural communities".

In response, President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday to identify and eliminate what he says are unnecessary regulations that "hurt farmers and rural communities". Soybean farmers sent more than $2.5 billion in soybeans, meal and oil to Mexico past year, making it our number two market overall and the leading purchaser of USA meal and oil.

Perdue said his top priority as secretary of agriculture is to make USDA the best managed, the most efficient, the most effective and most fun place to work in the USA government.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Friday that Perdue and Sen. The bill, Securing Our Agriculture and Food Act, has passed unanimously out of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where McCaskill is the top-ranking Democrat.

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Perdue said that on balance NAFTA has been positive for USA agriculture, particularly grain producers, but that the Trump administration thinks it can be improved. We are hopeful Perdue will provide rural America with a strong voice in Washington. Trump has proposed a 21 percent cut in USDA programs and has harshly criticized some worldwide trade deals, saying they have killed American jobs.

"It is clear that Secretary Perdue clearly sees the link between increased access to global markets and success for American farmers", Moore said.

"You know the essence of the food stamp program was a temporary situation for someone who had lost their job temporarily, so there will probably be requirements to look for work or be working for work training", Perdue said. Among the policy initiatives the President and the Secretary addressed were: ag labor, regulations, trade and infrastructure.

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