AFBF Strongly Endorses Ag Secretary Nominee


The incoming Trump administration has chosen former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be the next Agriculture Secretary.  Once confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Perdue will take his office at the Department of Agriculture as Congress gears up to write the next farm bill. The American Farm Bureau Federation strongly endorses the nomination of Perdue and AFBF President Zippy Duvall says the nomination is welcome news to Farm Bureau members…

“We think President-elect Trump has made a great decision on choosing Governor Purdue to be the next secretary,  and we are just excited to have the opportunity to work with him.

I’ve worked with him in the past and that was a good experience, and we’re looking forward to working with each other.  We were talking recently about how great it would be to work together and make a difference in people’s lives.  In know how much he appreciates agriculture, and I think it’s a great choice.”                  

Duvall represented the Georgia Farm Bureau when Perdue was serving as the state’s governor. He says Perdue understands the importance of agriculture…

“He recognized that it was the number one industry of our state, he always said ‘Zippy and the farmers of this state are always welcome through the front door of the governor’s office,’ and his door was always open, and he was always willing to our issues and our concerns.  I think he’ll bring that same attitude to the secretary’s position.”       

Duvall says Perdue understands the concerns farmers have right now and that he will be a strong voice for agriculture…

“He understands trade, and he knows how valuable it is for agriculture.  I think Governor Purdue will be a good sounding board for the new president as he moves into his new role.  And I think he’ll speak very highly of how important trade is to the farmers of this country.  He has a lot of integrity, and he’s a very good administrator.  When he was governor of Georgia, he ran a very tight ship, and myself, as an agriculture person and a tax payer was very appreciative of that.  I think he’ll bring that same talent to the secretary’s office.”

AFBF President Zippy Duvall.

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.