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Source: CropLife America news release

President-elect Donald J. Trump announced former Georgia Governor George "Sonny" Perdue as his long-awaited pick for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary. A statement released by the incoming administration spoke to Perdue's background as the governor of a big agriculture state and experience growing up on a farm.

"CropLife America (CLA) is looking forward to working with Governor Perdue as USDA Secretary," stated Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CLA. "USDA is sure to benefit from his proven leadership and experience in managing a large government entity. His background as a veterinarian and direct connection to the farming community will help to enhance the relationship between the department and those on the ground in modern agriculture in every state who seek to make their voices heard."

The announcement came after several months of vetting potential candidates. CLA's Rebeckah Adcock has been a member of Trump's campaign agricultural advisory committee, established during the election. "It's wonderful to see Sonny Perdue acknowledged for his farming experience and understanding of rural America. Because of his background and involvement with the advisory committee, he was always a frontrunner and we are very pleased to support him," said Adcock. The committee continues to advise the transition team on matters concerning agriculture.

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